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There are many types of Metal Working Saws. A Metal cutting Bandsaw is a machine tool that consists of a continuous metal band with teeth running along its edge. The band is stretched between two wheels, and when the machine is turned on, the wheels rotate, causing the band to move in a continuous loop. This cutting action allows the bandsaw to make precise and curved cuts in various materials, including metals like steel, brass, aluminum, titanium, stainless steel and more. There are specific blades for each material.
Types of Bandsaws:
Horizontal and Vertical Bandsaws differ as they are two different types of machine tools. They are both used for cutting various materials such as metal, wood and plastic. The primary difference between them lies in the orientation of the blade, blade speeds and the position of the workpiece during cutting.
- A Horizontal Bandsaw has a horizontal blade orientation, meaning the cutting blade moves in a horizontal direction. The workpiece is typically clamped to a worktable or a vise, and the blade moves down onto the workpiece to make the cut. Horizontal bandsaws are commonly used for cutting larger and heavier materials, such as metal bars, pipes, and profiles. They are often found in metalworking shops, fabrication facilities, and construction sites.
- Vertical Bandsaws have a vertical blade orientation, where the blade moves up and down in a vertical motion. The workpiece is typically positioned vertically on a worktable or held in a vise, and the blade is lowered onto the workpiece for cutting. Vertical bandsaws are versatile tools and can be used for cutting various materials, including wood, metal, plastics, and composites. They are commonly used in woodworking shops, metalworking shops, and other manufacturing or fabrication environments.
A Cold Saw is a power tool used for cutting metal materials, such as steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous metals. It is called a "cold" saw because it operates at a lower speed compared to other metal-cutting tools, which reduces heat generation during the cutting process. This helps to minimize the risk of workpiece deformation or damage due to excessive heat.
A typical cold saw consists of a circular saw blade, which is made of high-speed steel (HSS) or carbide, mounted on a spindle. The blade is designed with specially formulated teeth that are capable of making precise cuts through metal. The saw is usually operated with a coolant, such as oil or emulsion, to further dissipate heat and lubricate the cutting process.
Control the speed of the Blade
An important feature in metal working bandsaws is the ability to control the speed of the blade. Variable speed control, allows the operator to adjust the cutting speed to match the type of metal being cut and the desired cutting results.
Different types of metals require different cutting speeds to achieve optimal results. Softer metals like aluminum may require higher blade speeds, while harder metals like steel may require slower speeds. Having the ability to adjust the blade speed ensures that the bandsaw can effectively cut through a variety of metals with precision and efficiency.
Variable speed control also allows for greater control over the cutting process. It enables operators to make adjustments based on the thickness and density of the metal being cut, as well as the intricacy of the desired cuts. This feature is particularly important when working with more delicate or intricate metalwork, as it helps prevent damage or distortion to the workpiece.
Popular Brands of Bandsaws:
Horizontal Bandsaws: Doall, Hem, Cosen, Kalamazoo, AMADA, W.F. Wells, Wellsaw, Behringer, Jet, Baileigh, Scotchman, Hydmech, Doringer
Vertical Bandsaws- Doall, Hydmech, Marvel, Dake, Jet, Grob, Tannewitz, Acra
Sterling Machinery Fabrication and Exchange knows the differences in the blade requirements for cutting materials such as aluminum, steel, wood, or plastics. Ask the experts to demonstrate why the blades are a crucial feature in metal working bandsaws, and the versatility of the various machines and cutting performance. See the various types of Bandsaws, Horizontal, Vertical and Cold Saws we have ready to demonstrate on our showroom floor. If you are looking to sell any of the featured USED Bandsaws, we pay top dollar for USED Machinery. We buy and sell New and Used Machinery.
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