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Operating an Industrial Panel Saw: Tips for First-Time Users

An industrial panel saw is used to separate flat pieces of wood into panels. The tool comes in two configurations: vertical and horizontal. Both configurations may require the operator to move the cutting machine across the wood stock using a handle on top of the blade housing. In a vertical model, the stock is loaded in an upright position, and cut by moving the blade downward. In a vertical model, material is laid flat on a table, and cut by moving the blade horizontally. Some saws feature CNC technology, which controls the cutting mechanism with a computer, eliminating the need to move the blade manually.

Useful for cabinet making, furniture making, and other endeavors that require panels, panel saws are a ubiquitous piece of commercial woodworking machinery among individual woodworkers and woodworking companies alike. For those who have never operated this type of saw, below is a brief tutorial for operating a manual model in both configurations.

Step one: Place the equipment on a stable surface

Regardless of the equipment’s size, place it on a flat, stable surface that will prevent it from tipping over as it operates. After the equipment is securely located in a safe work area, it can be plugged in.

Step two: Put on safety gear

As with using other types of commercial woodworking machinery, you need to wear protective glasses, heavy gloves, and clothes that fit close to the body when using an industrial panel saw. Roll up your sleeves to prevent them from catching on part of the equipment, and remove dangling jewelry for the same reason.

Step three, part one: operating a vertical model

Before you start cutting, use the built-in tape measure to position the stock for the right cutting dimensions. When the stock is properly situated, clamp it in place using the built-in clamps. Then lower the blade and fix it in place at the top of the wood. Hold down the power switch on the handle to activate the blade, and move the blade downward through the board. When the cutting mechanism reaches the groove at the bottom of the frame, release the power switch and move the mechanism back to its original position. Loosen the clamps and remove the stock.

Step three, part two: operating a horizontal model

Using a horizontal model is similar to using a vertical model. The stock is placed flat on the cutting table with the bottom edge resting in the lower groove, properly situated using the built-in tape measure, and clamped in place for cutting. The blade is situated at the desired height and fixed into place. The cutting mechanism then moves across the stock from right to left. When the wood is cut all the way through, loosen the clamps and remove the stock.

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If you need an industrial panel saw, RT Machine is the place to find it. We carry a broad selection of new and used, affordably priced commercial woodworking machinery. If we do not have what you need in stock, our equipment locator service will find it in another inventory and have it sent to your location. Call us today to learn more about our equipment and services.

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