Choosing The Right Saw
When it comes to choosing the right saw for your workshop, it is important to understand the differences between each type of saw. We have a wide range of saws for all types of materials. It is important to understand the benefits and value in investing in high-quality machines.
A bandsaw is a really versatile machine for cutting wood, plastics composites or insulation. The bandsaw has become an essential machine for most workshops, bandsaws can be used to cut curves, shapes or deep ripping. Bandsaws blades are much thinner than circular saw blades: the benefit of the thin-kerf, is minimal loss of material. The wider the blade the easier it is to cut a deep straight line. The other benefit of bandsaws is their height under the guides which allows you to cut deeper than you could with a circular saw. We keep one of the largest ranges of bandsaws from home workshop ones by Record Power, iTECH which are ideal for general applications and we also have the full range of Centauro bandsaws which are industrial quality saws for both manual, automatic resaws and CNC bandsaws for repetitive shape cutting applications. We also have a specialist range of saws for profiling beams and timber frame components by Dario
A beamsaw perfect for cutting panels and sheet materials to size, whether that be chipboard, MDF, Insulation, plastics or laminated boards. It called a beamsaw because the common feature of them is clamping beam which comes down on top of the board [or multiple boards], and then the mobile saw carriage moves underneath the material. This type of saw has a computer control which allows you to make multiple cuts and automate your cutting. This is great for medium to larger manufacturers. With in some machines or off line the machine can be linked to optimisation software which allow you to get the best yield from every panel. A beam saw is designed for repetitive, accurate cutting to size. We offer a range of as from SCM which can be configured to your requirements.Beam saws are considered one the most cost-effective solution to precision panel cutting in production quantities.
Front loading beam saw – the user puts the material for cutting into the machine from the front, where the material is then drawn into the beam saw by a series of clamps or 'Grippers' automatically, or pushed to a stop fence.
Rear loading beamsaw –With a rear loading beam saw, the materials is placed on an automatic lift table which will be automatically loaded into the machine from the back.
CROSS CUT SAWS
If you find you need to cut the wood across the grain to length – a cross-cut saw is exactly what you need. There are two big differences either blade above the table coming across the wood or the blade is underneath and comes up through the table. both types are designed for cutting materials to length, across the grain. The original type of crosscut saw was a radial arm saw or pendulum saw, which are very versatile but not particularly suited to continuous use.
Crosscut saw with the blade underneath are considered safer as the operator is further from the blade and cutting zone. This upcut type of saw can also be automated with automatic feeding systems. It also can allow you to safely cut multiple pieces at once making it a very efficient solution.
Multirip saws are designed to maximise production speed. They have a long arbor which can have multiple blades mounted and a cast iron caterpillar tank track to feed the material. This allows you to have a pack of blades set with spacers tradionally. This is an ideal machine for producing multiple thin sections such as lippings for edgebanding or cutting multiples from larger sections for producing mouldings.
Panel saws are extremely helpful and useful machines and form the heart of most workshops in the woodworking industry. Designed for use to accurately cut large sheets of MDF, MFC, wood, chipboard, composites and plastics. Consisting of an aluminium sliding table sliding next to the saw blade, moving the material past the blade whilst fully supported. Machines can also include a secondary scoring saw blade which scores the lower surface in order to reduce the chance of breakout on the bottom surface. Modern panel saws can be either manual or more commonly now have electronic movements that provide users easy, quick use with precision and accuracy. Optimisation is now possible on sliding table saws - this can save a lot of time and materials showing the operator how to get the best yield from each board.
Resaws are a type of bandsaw specifically designed to cut large sections of timber into smaller sections. specific types can also be used for cutting thick veneers which is popular for manufacture of engineered flooring.
Sawmills come in all sizes - all our band saw mills are designed to operate horizontally, which is more efficient and economical. We have a complete range from small petrol engined saws that can be trailer mounted to large hydraulic machines suitable for tropical hardwoods with hydraulic manipulation of the log. This significantly lowers the running, outlay and maintenance costs from the long term standpoint.
Table saws are the simplest form of saw, all modern saws now have a rise, fall and tilt mechanism. good for general ripping and bevel cutting solid timber. The depth of cut is determined by the diameter of the saw blade. We have a range of rip saws to cut up to 200mm depth of cut in solid wood. Popular for small workshops are the iTECH range of compact saws, Sedgwick table saws are the most popular option and we have teh range of Harwi rip saws for larger dimensions with blades up to 600mm dia,
Wall saws, are also referred to as vertical panel saws. This type of saw has been designed to offer woodworkers a space saving solution to traditional sliding table panel saws. A wall saw can stand within 1m of a wall, giving you more space within the workshop. Particularly popular within smaller workshops. Wall saws will provide you perfect precision, with a simple easy to use set up. These are available with scoring and automatic movements if required.
With this insight into the some of the saw types available Scott+Sargeant Woodworking Machinery, check out our range for all your woodworking needs. Our technical sales team are also available to give you industry expert practical advice on the latest products and the best machine for your requirements and budget.