Find out the difference between Fully automatic, semi-automatic, or manual and what do I have by reading the bandsaw quick start guide?

Bandsaw quick start: Manual bandsaws necessitate the operator to exert physical strength in lifting the head after each cut, which can weigh over 200 pounds. The repetitive lifting poses risks of wear and tear on operators, leading to workman’s compensation claims and consuming valuable time in manually relocating the head. Recognizing the undesirable consequences and costs associated with this manual process, KAAST Machine Tools has chosen not to offer this type of bandsaw.

Tepper with HBSA 230 Bandsaw Quick Start

Every bandsaw available from KAAST is, at a minimum, semi-automatic. This implies that the movement of the head is governed by a hydraulic piston, and the operator can control its elevation and descent by activating the up/down switch. Operating the machine involves the operator securing the material in the vice and pressing the Start button. The saw will then execute the cut and subsequently raise the head back to the upper position. Semi-automatic saws are well-suited for situations where you need to make a few cuts in a length of material.

KAAST’s fully automatic bandsaws incorporate a hydraulic piston for seamless control of head movement, and they come with either a shuttle vice to facilitate material advancement or driven rollers in the vice. Additionally, most fully automatic saws are equipped with a digital piece counter for accurate tracking of the cutting process.

Shuttle-Vise Style Feed

One option for advancing material through a horizontal bandsaw is a shuttle-vice style. Shuttle vices work by the vice head moving away from the saw blade, clamping around the material, and pulling the material forward to be cut. They are the best option when bundle cutting, as they are typically stronger than their roller-style counterparts, enabling larger, heavier materials to be moved, and prevent slippage within the bundle. Coming soon: Fully Automatic Bandsaws with Shuttle Vise Feed Quick Start Guide.

Standard Vise Feed

The standard vice on fully automatic metal bandsaws tends to be the powered roller style, which holds 3-5 cylinders vertically against each side of the material. One set of the rollers is grooved, to assist with catching and advancing the material, and the other is smooth, containing a limit switch activated by the pressure of the material inside the vice.

Standard Vise Feed Fully Automatic Bandsaw Quick Start Guide

fully auto bandsaw controls

Control panel set up may vary based on Optional Equipment installed


2. Anchor machine

3. Remove supports installed for shipping

4. Confirm

  • Power requirements (230V or 480V?)
  • Hydraulic fluid level (Dip stick in tank)
  • Blade tension within acceptable limits
    (Gauge on left wheel house with limits listed)
  • Coolant in reservoir (if using)
  • Material length switch installed (if applicable)
  • Cutting Pressure (if applicable), Down-Feed Speed, and Blade Speed as appropriate
Blade tension bandsaw quick start

5. Connect power to terminal as shown on diagram in electrical cabinet

6. Turn on Power Disconnect switch

7. Confirm electrical phases as shown on diagram in electrical cabinet

8. Press green Ready button to energize

9. Raise head to upper limit with Bow Up button

10. Secure material in vise and feed to desired length

11. Select mode

  • Fully Automatic:
    Set switch to Auto
    Set and engage length limit switch
    Enter desired number of cuts into Counter and press Set
  • Semi Automatic:
    Set switch to Manual

12. Press green Start button to make the cut(s)



• Material must be clamped in vise to activate safety switch in smooth rollers

• All doors must be shut

• Bow must start fully up

• If Down Feed is turned fully counter clockwise, bow will not drop


• Material must be activate length limit switch to engage saw

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