A wide range of cutting tools is used by woodworkers to cut and rip objects. Big wood cutting machines are installed in the industries, where wood cutting work is done on the large scale. Small shops don’t need such a large tool because operating and maintaining it would be a really expensive task for them. They need a more economical and power efficient options like a small band saw or table saw to complete their works. Yes, small size’s cutting tools can be available and you can find the best tool by following below given suggestions.
What should be the size of the tool?
The size can vary according to the requirements of the user. The experts recognize the size of the band saw by considering the diameter of its wheels. Its width can be around 1” and the height between the work table and starting edge of the blade can vary. You can find 14” to 20” work space, by depending upon the size of the band saw. Portable or hand held band saw offers much smaller cutting space, but these tools are quite handy for portable cutting work. So, consider the work space and the size of the wheel carefully, before you place the order.
The quality of the wheels
A small band saw, equipped with high-quality cast iron wheels, is probably the best choice for small scale’s wood cutting or metal cutting works. It produces a robust flywheel effect to provide perfection in the cutting work. The wheels should use flat tires to move the steel blades of the cutting machine. Flat tires offer smooth and high-quality rotation that improves the performance of the cutting tool. 1” wheel tires would be the best for cutting and resawing work.
Is the guidepost adjustable?
The guidepost is an essential component of band saws, which guide the blade towards work space. It maintains the position of the blade and directs it towards the cutting space and keeps it stable to prevent injuries and poor quality cutting. The guidepost should be adjustable so that you can cut various sizes’ objects. Modern small size’s band saws offer adjustable guidepost to accommodate different thickness’s cutting objects. It should be easily adjustable and durable enough to hold the position of the blade on a certain point for a long time. Top-class cutting tools are equipped with high-quality guidepost, so invest your bucks in a top quality band saw cutting machine.
Table size and fence
Do not worry about the table size because 16”x20” table size’s band saw would be a great choice for small woodworkers. Of course, a hand held band saw would not comprise the table, but you can operate it by holding it in your hands. The band saw should comprise fence with adjustable mechanism to provide support for cutting different size’s objects.
Along with above given components, you should also check the blade size, band saw blade guides and other components of the cutting tool to ensure that you are investing in a high-quality cutting machine.