An Articulated Bandsaw: What a Concept!

By Bernie Bottens | Posted: 08/23/2012 10:48AM


I love tools! That’s why I call myself Tool Time Bernie. So it comes as no surprise that band saws will catch my eye. Yesterday, as I walked the aisles at the IWF in Atlanta, I was struck with a moment of déjà vu.

I watched quite a bit of the Olympics recently. The hot new camera rig that was in wide use over there was a camera mounted on an articulated arm that was, in turn, securely strapped to the cameraman’s hips. This allows the operator the opportunity to move the camera much more freely and get it pointed where the action is. What a plus for sports coverage.

MD Dario is exhibiting an articulated bandsaw that uses the same concept. The articulated arm allows the saw to come to the wood and make difficult, intricate cuts while the work piece holds still.

All of you folks who are cutting really bulky pieces on a band saw understand the difficulties of feeding something really heavy or bulky through the saw while trying to conduct an intricate cut. Here’s a way to do that while the work piece holds still and the saw moves. The articulated arm, with its ball bearing joints keeps the saw perfectly plumb in all axes. There is also a pattern-following guide on the saw that lets you to follow patterns clamped to the workpiece. Cutting large boat parts? No problem!

An MD Dario band saw on display at the International Woodworking Fair has an articulated arm that allows the saw to come to the wood and make difficult, intricate cuts while the work piece holds still. Cutting multiple, stacked architectural beams? No problem!

Cutting granite slabs? Add a diamond blade and off your go!

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.

Check out the website at It’s an Italian manufactured product so brush up on your Italian before you go into too much depth on that website. Otherwise, contact Alex or Mike at Their brochure is in English and is really descriptive of the tasks that this machine can perform. If you do heavy cutting with a band saw, you should give this one a look!


About the Author

Bernie Bottens

Bernie Bottens ( 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

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W.A. (Bill) Larson, president    
New Venture Mfg. & Service  |  September, 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM

Gentlemen: This idea is not new. In the late 1970's we had a customer in Bend, Oregon that sawed wood with a band saw that was used as strips under corrugated metal siding. The wood was feed at a given rate and the band saw was moved back&forth by roller type guides. An old idea with a new twist. Regards. New Venture Mfg. & Service, Inc.


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