1.Type of Bandsaw
There are two main types of horizontal industrial bandsaws; pivot style and dual column. Pivot style saws are less expensive but offer a smaller cutting capacity and lower HP drives. Dual Column systems allow for a much larger cutting capacity and a more rigid and durable frame controlling the cutting speed and feed at a much better rate. Although Dual Column systems are more expensive they are meant to last generations through production use. They also tend to come with more features. Deciding between a pivot style and a dual column machine will have most to do with your budget and the overall application you intend to use the saw for.
Bandsaws have different sized blade capabilities and the larger saws have wider blades. The wider the blade your machine is capable of handling the stronger the saw, straighter the cut and better blade life you will achieve. When choosing an industrial saw blade size should be an important gage in determining the rigidity and strength of the saw.
Having an auto-feed system (or shuttle table) on your saw takes it from a manual or semi-automatic saw to a full production machine. The costs of adding these automated feed systems are minimal and over the life of your saw can save tens of thousands of dollars in lost productivity, incorrectly measured parts and broken blades as the saw controller takes care of these for you. If your needs include cutting multiple parts (and most do) an automated feeding/shuttle system is a wise investment.
The capacity of your machine isn’t just regulated to the parts you are currently cutting. Capacity should be considered if you are bundle cutting or cutting miters where the capacity is greatly reduced the larger the angle. Choose a saw with a capacity greater than your minimal need for future growth and to ensure you cover the capability to miter cut without going below your cutting capacity needs.
Every industrial saw manufacturer will offer saws with the capability to miter cut. Either by pivoting the saw head at an angle to the workpiece, or by rotating the saw base as well. Without this important feature cutting a 45° on the saw becomes a trick of clamping, material hanging into aisles and likely frustration on the saw operators part. Choose a saw with mitering capability, but be cautious as the capacity reduces quickly the larger the angle achieved.