When you want to get the precise curves cut in any wood, then it is best to choose a band saw. A good quality saw can do also other jobs as well, not only curves. People can use it to cuttenons, smaller rabbets, ripping small woodpiece or doing resawing of thin strips from large wood piece.
There are many types, options and sizes of band saw, you should know how to choose one right for your own.
There are standardly two types of band saws: floor-standing cabinet and shorter units which are used to mount on a bench top or dedicated stand.
The cabinet ones are usually used for professional purpose meanwhile; the smaller ones are common among home woodworker.
The models are accompanied with various features and bigger motors. They also have stronger frame leading to consistent cutting. It is not to say that it cannot get a good result with the bench-mounted band saw.
2. Key features
There are two things as considering to purchase one band saw. They are the cut depth and its throat. The depth is measured by distance to the upper blade based on the table. Manufacturers also mention the buyers about the thickness of the stock suitable for your band saw. Some band saws, with six-inch depth, there is optional riser from six to twelve inches.
When resawing, there are some saws cheaper but can cut thick stocks. This distance from your table to the blade determines the cut width which is the result of the cut. The throat also extends from 12 to 14 inch on a cabinetstandingfree.
There are advertisings about band saw with 18 inch, this is the measurement of the throat is referred by the manufacturer.
3. Motor size
The motor size is another consideration. Models for home woodworker are usually ¾ to 1 horsepower motor; meanwhile the professional models have larger capacity with different speeds. In fact, the various speed is not very important for woodworker compared to the maximum speed it may reach. There are harder materials such as metals or hard plastics, the max speedis more vital.
4. Additional features
Band saw has a cast-iron, aluminum or steel alloy table to tilt up to 45 degrees. It is ideal for angled cuts. The table is usually equipped by a miter track which is 16 inches in length and width.
There are tires with cleaning brushes in band wheels so that your wheels are to be kept clean. There is also dust collection port to connect with your vacuum.
There are two other options you can consider to choose for band saw are miter gauge and a rip fence. These tools prove to be rather useful for ripping, resawing or cross cutting.
5. Set up
When you set up your saw band, read carefully first the manufactuer’s instruction in the manual. There are many things to note. It is for your own safety and the efficiency of your machine for a right setup. Fail to follow the instructions, then its blade tension and blade guides should be set rightly. There are tips and guides for you to follow in order to keep your blade more durable.
There are safety tips and methods in the manual so that you can get yourself familiarized with band saw. In fact, band saw is considered the safest and most powerful tool in woodworking. Set it up properly and use it safely to get the most use of it.
Band saw is the tool perfect for making curves no matter the thickness of your wood board. It may come into various sizes so that you can choose from depending on your need. Whether you want a straight or rightly-curved cuts, get a blade to do this.
Finally, one thing to remind you that band saw comes into different sizes, they all have one common thing. They are difficult to store. The problem when they are not in use keeps bothering you especially for larger size. There is one solution for this and it is a bit tricky to know. I just want to summarize here that it is wise to make a few tries before folding band saw blades.