For any woodworking businesses that manufacture signs, cabinets, tables and most other wood-based products, panel saws are vital tools that are used to cut large panel sheets into smaller panels that can then be used to craft products like the ones prior mentioned.
With a horizontal panel saw and a sliding table, cutting the workpiece involves the material being equipped to the sliding table which is then directed towards the blade. Panel saws without a sliding table perform the same function but with more positioning, measuring and general labouring involved. All types of panel saws can typically process materials such as solid wood, plywood, MDF, melamine and others. Horizontal panel saws and vertical panel saws both perform very similar functions but with slight variations. Neither one really has the upper hand against the other since both have pros and cons which make them suitable for different types of workshops and craftsmen.
Types of Panel Saws
With two different forms, both Horizontal Panel Saws and Vertical Panel Saws are available.
Vertical Panel Saws – These can be fitted onto walls and are designed to occupy minimal space. This makes them an excellent choice for small workshops who are conscious of the amount of space they’re using. Although vertical panel saws (wall saws) are more conservative with space and are generally cheaper than horizontal panel saws, they don’t quite have the same versatility.
Horizontal Panel Saws – These are the panel saws which come in table form and can also be highly suitable for larger (or mid-sized) workshops who have more demanding workloads and require a greater degree of precision and versatility. They take up more floor space than a vertical panel saw and are usually more expensive. Yet compensating for their size, these saws are capable of processing 200mm thick workpieces whereas vertical saws are usually limited to 80mm. Horizontal panel saws can also be equipped with additional, optional features that can seriously add to the functionality and flexibility of the machine.