A Bandsaw Swings 360 Degrees

By Bernie Bottens | Posted: 11/03/2012 9:54PM


Cutting bulky pieces on a band saw is always difficult, as is feeding something really heavy or bulky through the saw while trying to conduct an intricate cut. MD Dario offers bandsaws mounted on an articulated arm so the saw can swing to the wood, making intricate cuts while the work piece holds still.

The arm’s ball bearing joints keep the saw perfectly plumb in all axes. A pattern guide on the saw lets it follow patterns clamped to the workpiece. A new device for cutting arches allows you to fix the saw to a special graph bar at the desired radius, to produce arcs in circumferences up to 360°, rotating the saw manually all around the work piece.

An optional inclinable device can be applied to the base on the articulated arm offering a frontal inclination of the saw from 0° to 45°.

Models can cut multiple, stacked architectural beams, or when outfitted with a diamond blade can cut granite countertops. There’s even a multiple work station where the saw arm pivots around a central point to service four separate pieces, at four work stations. U.S. contact is mddariousa@yahoo.com


About the Author

Bernie Bottens

Bernie Bottens (WoodworkingNetwork.com/blogs)writes and teaches on the subject of wood and wood finishing in industrial woodworking. He and his wife, Carol, live in Vancouver, WA. Bernie has been teaching wood finishing to shop owners, shop foremen, spray technicians and finishers all over Oregon, southwest Washington, and northern California for the past 9 years. Prior to that, he owned his own cabinet shop. His shop credentials include apprenticing and becoming a journeyman exhibit builder. Before that he taught in the public schools for 20 years. Bernie is the owner of Kapellmeister Enterprises, Inc. and Kap Coatings Consulting. Reach him at kapenterprises@msn.com.

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