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.