When you’re looking into the best tools for cutting a variety of materials, it can become a little overwhelming. There is such a huge range of cutting tools available, and knowing which is the best on the market, and for your specific task, might be challenging. Here in this article, take a look at how bandsaws measure up against other popular cutting tools you might use in the construction industry. Delving into the great features of these cutting tools and learning why they are so good for your cutting projects.
Hacksaws are perhaps one of the most ubiquitous cutting implements used in a range of construction areas. Powered entirely by hand, a hacksaw takes the electrical element out of cutting, relying entirely on the strength and precision of the operator. The small teeth allow for thinner wood, metal, PVC or other materials to be cut and shaped. However, some consider a hacksaw to be slower and less efficient than tools powered by electricity, and it is not the most precise option when used with wood. It is also essential that you understand hand tool safety procedures for the safest experience while using a hacksaw.
Bandsaws are a great option for a variety of construction purposes. Known as one of the safest tools for cutting both regular and irregular shapes, a bandsaw can be used with wood, metal, PVC and more for a versatile, all-in-one tool that can either be used in a stationary workspace or as a portable cutting tool. Bandsaws and cutting machines are best used on smaller pieces of material as they are best for accuracy, which can be limiting, but they can be used on rough or raw wood, and for tasks as accurate and specific as creating curved cuts. For an excellent tool that creates less wastage and requires less training, a bandsaw is a good choice.
A metal mill or milling machine is primarily used for metal. These can be built especially for certain industries and projects and can be programmed to perform the necessary operations. They are used to pierce material, as well as to cut and accurately shape the metal. These machines can also be used with wood or even something as solid as brass, using a variety of axes in some cases. Of course, due to their highly technical nature, milling machines can be expensive compared to manual instruments, and workers using them must be highly and specifically trained in order to ensure their safe and accurate operation for your health and safety.
A grinder is a handheld cutting tool that can be used to shape and slice through your materials. Using discs with sharp edges to create clean cuts, this is an excellent tool for smaller jobs or for use on job sites where you can’t use stationary cutting equipment. It can be used to shape wood, metal, bricks, and many other materials you might need to cut. However, a handheld grinder can be difficult for some to handle, as it creates quite a strong kickback and may even lead to detritus flying from the fast-moving discs and injuring the operator.
Some jobs require the most accurate and precise results, and this is when you may require a drill press. A drill press is used to cut threads and create precision holes, among other tasks. The drill arm must be carefully lowered through the material placed at the base to achieve the best results, either drilling holes in whole material or increasing the size of holes already present. More accurate than a handheld drill thanks to its fixed axis, it is important to note that a drill press is another cutting tool that requires careful operation to avoid injuries such as cuts.