Bandsaws equipped with a swiveling head (found in G and DG models) allow you to feed the material into the vice perpendicularly to the machine base. By adjusting the blade and housing, you can easily set and cut your desired angle. This configuration offers advantages in terms of straight-line material movement and requires minimal setup clearance. However, it’s important to note that a swiveling head typically comes at a higher price due to the need for a larger and stronger frame. Fig. 1.
Some HBS models feature a swiveling vise that clamps the material at the desired angle. In this case, the saw blade and housing remain fixed, and the angle of the cut is determined by the positioning of the vise. Swiveling vises are well-suited for projects that require occasional mitering, provided you have enough space around the machine to accommodate the extended material. Fig. 2.