Band sawing is one of the most common household tasks in woodworking, however many people do not realize the importance of using the right type of band saw. When you buy a band saw, the first thing that comes to your mind is whether it will cut wood. While this may be true, many saws are also designed to do other things as well. Some of these are: cutting different types of plastics, paper and wood, sanding, and for the craftsman, building model trains.
Circular saws, also known as cold saws, often use round blades and more powerful motors than regular band saw blades to cut wood and reduce vibration. They usually require a stronger machine structure and more power than standard band saws because they cut larger slots. They are typically designed for cutting hard wood and can even cut metal. Some of the types are:
Circular saws come in two varieties, upright and crossbar. Cross bar is also known as rotary bar, while upright is just an upright version of the cross bar saw. They all have the same features of a straight blade and larger slot cutting and are commonly used on projects where more cuts need to be made. The disadvantage of using cross bar saws is that they are less efficient in terms of cutting and they do not have a good cutting ability at high speeds.
Band saws are also available in a variety of styles and power levels. The standard band saw has a straight blade, while larger saws also include a table saw or offset blade. Table saws are designed for smaller cuts, while offset blades can handle more cuts and are usually attached to the table in order to balance it. Both saws can have a motor attached to them for a smoother and more uniform cutting procedure. The table saw can also be used to cut metals such as brass and aluminum.
Power level can also be an important factor to consider when buying a machine. Power level is what allows the machine to make long, consistent cuts. Higher powered saws are more efficient in terms of cutting and are less likely to cut too fast. Longer pieces of wood need a higher power level to cut faster, while shorter pieces can be cut faster with lower power level. The speed of the machine is also affected by its size, design and construction.
Choose a machine with a good brand, a good reputation, a warranty and of course, a quality machine. Machine repair and servicing should be covered in the product. Do your research before buying a band saw, as this will help you choose the correct one for your needs.