There are several types of band saws made for different work. The largest is the band mill, which is used in sawmills for cutting logs into planks. This saw has wheels up to 7′ in diameter and blades up to 16″ wide. The band resaw is somewhat smaller and is used in mills and lumber yards for resawing thick lumber into thinner material. The type of saw used in small industrial shops, schools and home workshops is the band scroll saw. This is a smaller, general-purpose saw used for cutting curved and straight work, and is simply referred to as a band saw. This is the type of saw we will describe here.
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