Examining the differences between a vertical and horizontal bandsaw.
Both types of machines are very useful in the workshop. Often vertical bandsaws are found in smaller workshops whereas horizontal bandsaws, due to their higher power usage, are used in industrial workshops. The description of the bandsaw type, vertical and horizontal, is referring to the direction the blade is rotating and the axis on which the material is being cut.
Vertical bandsaws have a blade which continuously rotates allowing for a smooth flexible cutting action. This makes it the ideal saw for cutting curves and complex shapes. In order to accomplish this the blade remains fixed in an upright position while it moves and the work piece is guided through the blade.
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The above form of cutting differs from the horizontal bandsaw which is most commonly used for cutting lengths of material such as metal tube, bar stock and structural material.as well as solid profiles and many other types of material. The workpiece is held static by a vice while the blade moves across running in the horizontal direction and down to cut through the material.
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