🔖 Cutting Capabilities:
The distance between the blade and column is referred to as the throat capacity. This measurement also refers to the size of the band saw. This indicates that a 14” Band saw has the capacity of 14” between the column and blade. It is also key to note that it should have a resaw capacity to the highest elevation.
🔖 Frame Style:
Depending on the environment one may choose to have either a steel frame or a cast iron frame.
The latter has been around for quite some time and are available in a 14” platform. They are made up of upper and lower assemblies of two large machined castings.
The motor sizes and cutting capacity should be considered. For resawing capabilities the height capacity is expanded with a riser block; however, their horsepower is between 1 and 1 ½ horsepower that is underpowered for large resawing options. The former comes with a one-piece frame bound from heavy welded steel sheet. Their advantage is that one can increase their cutting capacity without being shortchanged on deflection and strength.
🔖 Blade Guides:
Are essential components to consider since bandsaws are equipped with an upper and lower guide that contain trust elements and side supports. The blades consist of among others Bearing Blade guides and ceramic blade guides.
The horsepower should be according to the estimations of the requirements of the cutting demands. General cutting of thinner stock and with minor resawing shall use a different horsepower than cutting exotic hard word or cutting blanks from a log.
🔖 Users Safety:
User’s safety is considered when working with all types of saws. Security is an essential area while working with this equipment. This is the because of the high speeds that rotate the blades, the extremely sharp blades that can cause havoc. The manufacturers have devised ways to ensure user safety as they work on the machines.