There are two main types of band saws - vertical and portable horizontal bandsaw. Theoretically, they are similar-both types use belt-like continuous blades that rotate around two wheels. However, under normal circumstances, practice and theory are different, in this case, practice is very different. Some people like to use band saws to cut the rootstock into a certain size, while others like to use band saws to complete more complex tasks, such as polishing or finishing delicate curves. Your preferred workpiece and project type will determine whether you are a horizontal or vertical band saw user. So in this article, we will take an in-depth look at some of the pros, cons, and ideal applications of both types, while focusing on the portable horizontal band saw. Let’s start!
Before we talk about the portable horizontal bandsaw in this article, let’s just quickly sum up some key points about its counterpart, the vertical band saw:
The Vertical Band Saw
● Good for complicated cuts, shapes, and angles,
● Good for polishing and filing
● Built-in air blower to removes chips and keeps the blade temperature low
● Also perform welding operations allowing for self-repair of blades
● Lower safety due to design
● Can’t clamp on both sides of the stock which can decrease accuracy
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the portable horizontal band saw
The Portable Horizontal Band Saw
A portable horizontal bandsaw is a hand-held tool that is held by an operator and is commonly used to cut fixed objects, such as catheters. The operator is moving the saw itself rather than cutting the material. This is the opposite of using a vertical fixed band saw. These hard-working power tools developed and used by contractors are usually equipped with metal cutting blades and can be used to cut conduits, steel, single screws, screws, and even concrete. Using the right blade, a well-equipped portable horizontal bandsaw can make cleaner and smoother cuts than reciprocating saws. Once again, with the correct blade for work, there will be less sparking and quieter cutting. Since they are portable, time is saved because there is little time to set up-the operator only needs to move the saw to where it is needed. Recently, the cordless model has eliminated the limitations caused by running extension cords. Although coarse blades with fewer teeth cut the fastest, they are also prone to tearing and gripping when cutting thin materials. As with most saws, choosing the right blade is an important part of using the tool successfully.
Portable horizontal bandsaw can be used without worrying out of the box. They are quite heavy, weighing between 13 and 20 pounds, depending on the brand and model. The key to successful cutting is to let the weight of the saw do most of the work, rather than cutting in haste. The portable horizontal band saw keeps the workpiece stationary by swinging the band saw blade through the workpiece and making precise cuts. For those who need to cut the stock into small pieces, this band saw is an obvious choice. It can deliver fine, intricate cuts or rough cuts depending on your requirements. They have extremely high precision when making straight cuts and can also be found in large models of timber yards.
So now that we have talked about all the characteristics and common parameters of a portable horizontal band saw let us sum up the advantages and disadvantages of this type of band saw:
● Relatively quiet and creating less of a mess
● Very versatile: wood, metal or plastics
● Can be set up to cut automatically without an operator controlling it
● Limited types of cuts, no curved lines or complicated shapes
● Quite large, not ideal for small home workshops
Portable horizontal band saw should have houses in all larger workshops. Because they can handle larger materials, they are ideal for those who need to perform conventional and customized material cutting. Both types of band saws are limited by the width and depth of the throat. This limitation is called cutting capacity, and it limits the actual size of the material that can be cut. Although there are similarities between the two types of saws, there are more differences in how and how they are used. They are absolutely not interchangeable, so it is important to understand yourself to understand the specific work you may need to perform.
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