|Production > Band Saws
Band saws use thin, flexible,
continuous steel strips with cutting teeth on one edge. They
primarily for cutting curves in stock. The blade runs on two
pulleys, driver and idler, and through a work table where stock is
manually fed. Automatic feeds can be used for production cutting; however, this
machine is usually considered a manual feed tool.
There are two types of band saws; horizontal and
vertical contour band saws. The blade runs on two pulleys, driven
and idler, and through a work table (vertical) or over the work
(horizontal) where stock is being fed.
The operator is required to hand-feed and manipulate the stock
against the blade to saw along a predetermined line. He/she must also
keep the stock flat on the work table and exert the proper cutting