Whether fabricating quartz, solid surface or natural stone, the saw is one of the most important tools for any fabricator and that may never change. However, saws themselves tend to change regularly, and knowing what is available can be a challenge. So, we’ve contacted the manufacturers and here is what some of them had to share.
BC Saw & Tool has introduced a new Leuco Topcoat panel saw blade. These new blades utilize proprietary coatings, resulting in up to four times the life of traditional panel saw blades, reports the company. According to the manufacturer, the saw blades have an exceptional edge life, provide a smoother cut, lower scoring blade costs and reduce downtime by 75 percent.
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CMS/Brembana offers the Concept Y1700 CNC machining center, which combines speed and a compact structure. In addition to sawing, the equipment edges, polishes, routes, carves, engraves, grinds, mills and chamfers. It has a monobloc base for sturdiness and a mobile-bridge structure to allow accessibility. Machine features include 3 and 4 axes, an 18.1-hp, 13.5-kW electrospindle with an automatic tilting head (for production of inclined drainboard,) and a 26-position tool station with 26 tool holders. The machine has a working area of 142 by 66 in., with maximum machinable pieces up to 137 by 62 in. Its footprint is 20 by 14 ft.
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Colonial Saw announces the introduction of a new and improved Optisaw Vertical Panel Saw from Striebig. The Optisaw Standard, as the new saw is designated, features many upgrades and builds on the solid foundation and Swiss quality of the original Optisaw. The all-welded steel frame provides excellent rigidity and stability, making the Optisaw suitable for free-standing as well as wall-mounted installation. Sheets up to 14 ft. 1 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. can be accommodated with ease.
The saw features a two-section mid-shelf with adjustable fingers for small parts; an automatic, mechanically shifting support grid with replaceable plastic laths; a full-length measuring channel with English and metric scales; and a TRK dust-collection system. It’s 71/2-hp motor is equipped with a motor brake, Y-Delta soft-starter and noise-reducing insulation. The saw head can automatically plunge for ease of cutting tall panels.
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Evans Machinery’s Model 0710 Miter Saw reportedly guarantees precision cut miters every time. There’s no hit or miss, ever. The custom-designed top insures you 221/2-, 45- and 90-degree miters, without gauges, guides or fences. The electric power feed mechanism has positive forward and reverse actions. Every saw comes equipped with the Evans Saw Guard designed to provide maximum operator safety without sacrificing accuracy, workability or production flow.
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Fabricators Choice expertise helps customers build fully integrated countertop shops with Vulcan Bridge Saws and other CNC equipment. For total shop integration Fabricator’s Choice also offers systems by Eurovac dust extraction, Hy-Pack Environmental Water Filtration Press, Groves Storage, and Parallign Seam Clamping Systems along with Festool hand tools. The company can assist in building a business one component at a time, or taking delivery of a fully integrated countertop business ready for production.
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Festool’s new TS Saw and guide railsystem provides straight, splinter-free cuts on both sides of the blade right out of the box. Unlike conventional pendulum-cover circular saws, the TS’s design allows the saw blade to retract into the housing, giving you the option to start and end the cut accurately anywhere on the material. The saw features 360-degree rotation, which allows easy adjustment of the dust extractor to suit the working position; a slip clutch, which prevents saw kickback in the event of a jam; a spring-loaded riving knife; electronic controls to adjust the speed; the FastFix saw blade changing system; a triple motor bearing; and zero-play guidance.
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GranQuartz offers a complete selection of Emmedue bridge saws for the stone fabricator. Well-known for their ruggedness, dependability, performance and affordability, Emmedue’s complete lineup includes the Astra, Eclipse, Moon and three Euromec portable bridge saws. The Astra is Emmedue’s top-of-the-line 3-axis machine, featuring heavy-duty steel construction, motorized bridge movement, rotating worktable and a hydraulic tilting table. The unit is 18.4 ft. by 7.4 ft. by 6.6 ft., offers travel of 9.9 ft. (X) by 5.3 ft. (Y) by 10.6 in. (Z) with a cutting capacity of 11.8 ft. by 6.2 ft. It is semiautomatic and has 10 hp; a remote swing-arm panel; a worktable with pneumatic stops at 0, 90 and 180 degrees; a 16-in. blade for granite and a 20-in. blade for marble; and 0 to 90 degrees of head tilt.