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A Beginner's Guide To The Different Types Of Saws

April 22, 2021 3 min read

When it comes to choosing the right saw for your woodworking workshop, it is important to know the difference between each type. We have a wide range of saws for all types of woodwork at Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery, and we understand the value in investing in high quality machinery. Here we have a simple guide for beginners about some of the different types of saws we sell, making it easier for you to choose the saw for you.

Band Saws

A band saw is a really versatile power saw. Becoming an essential piece of machinery for many workshops, band saws can be used to cut curves, and irregular shapes.  Whilst being capable of making deep cuts of straight and shaped components, and with a narrow blade, a band saw offers users minimal wastage.  

With band saws from top manufacturers such as Woodpecker, Panhans, and Meber, you are sure to find the right one for you at Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery.

Beam saws

Perfect for cutting sheet materials to size, whether that be chipboard, MDF, or laminated boards, a beam saw is designed for repetitive, accurate cutting to size. We offer a range of beam saws from European manufacturers including Panhans, Holzher and Zentrex.

When browsing beam saws, you will find they come in two different styles; front loading and rear loading.

Front loading beam saw – the user is required to feed the material for cutting into the machine from the front, where the material is then drawn into the beam saw.

Rear loading beam saw –With a rear loading beam saw, the materials will be automatically loaded into the machine from stacks at the rear of the machine.

For large scale workshops, beam saws are considered one the most cost-effective solutions to precision panel cutting in large quantities.

Cross Cut Saws

If you find you need to cut the wood across the grain – a cross cut saw is exactly what you need. Ideal for cutting materials to length, across the grain, these saws have been designed to slice through wood smoothly, because the cutting edge of each tooth is angled in an alternating pattern. Differing, therefore, from a rip saw which tears along the grain.

A great benefit of cross cut saws is that they can be packed away effortlessly and quickly placed in the park position, when not being used. With a variety of cross cut saws both new and used, we have years of experience in advising you on which cross cut saw would be right for you and how to use them safely.

Panel Saws

Panel saws are extremely helpful and useful tools within the woodworking industry. Designed for use when cutting large sheets of material, including the capability to cut MDF, wood, chipboard, and plastic. Consisting of an aluminium sliding table to move the material in order to be cut, modern panel saws with electronic movements provide users easy, quick use with precision and accuracy.

Available to buy online, we offer panel saws from both leading manufacturers, Panhans and Woodpeck.

Wall Saws

You may have already heard about wall saws, but they are also referred to as vertical panel saws. This type of saw has been designed to offer woodworkers a space saving solution to traditional sliding table panel saws. With a wall saw you can stand within 1m of a wall, giving you more space within the workshop. Particularly popular with workshop managers looking to enhance the efficiency and use of space within smaller workshops. Wall saws will provide you perfect precision, with a simple easy to use set up.

Check out our range of wall saws today to explore your options.

With this insight into the selection of saw types available online at Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery, check out our wide range of products for all your woodworking needs.

Our team are also available to give you industry expert advice on the latest products and the best machine for your requirements and budget.