Choosing a bandsaw seems a simple procedure with the obvious question being "what capacity bandsaw do I need?"
There are, however, a lot of questions that dictate a particular band saw is suited to your application.
- Do you wish to carry out mitre cuts? If so then the choice of bandsaw has to be more specific.
- Do you need to mitre cut in one direction or do you need to mitre cut in two directions (i.e. both left and right)?
- What is the maximum your bandsaw needs to mitre i.e. 45° or 60°
- Do you need a manual bandsaw or a semi automatic bandsaw?
With a manual band saw the operator has to tighten the vices manually and lift the band saw bow after each cut has been completed.
With a semi automatic band saw, the clamping vices are usually hydraulically operated and the bandsaw blade is raised automatically after each cut.
For repeated operation or with a large capacity bandsaw, a semi automatic machine is a distinct advantage.
There is also the choice between a pivot action bandsaw or a twin column bandsaw.
The pivot action band saw is usually less expensive than a twin column machine but for heavy duty or production applications, the twin column band saw is usually more efficient.
How often will the mitre angle of the cut be changed? Many standard mitre cutting bandsaws have the mitre angle set by a pointer and scale but if the miter angle is to be frequently changed, then a digital readout for the mitre position can be a distinct advantage.
A simple talk with Prosaw can answer all of these questions and often the most cost effective and suitable mitre cutting bandsaw for your specific application.