Here's why Vertical Panel Saws cut panels faster and
safer than a table saw or slider, without giving up
valuable floor space:
Flipping a Panel on a STRIEBIG Video
First and foremost, vertical saws were designed to cut
big rectangles into smaller rectangles, so of course they
do it more efficiently than an all-around machine like a slider.
If you are using a slider solely to cut rectangles to make
boxes, you are working harder than you should be!
2. Accuracy, Squareness & Quality of Cut:
It would be difficult to make an argument against an upper-end
slider on any of these points, but compared to a table saw,
there is no comparison on any of these points. That's mainly
because on a vertical saw, the panel is stationary and the
saw moves on precision guide-ways through the material, and
you're not relying on an operator to keep the work-piece up
against a fence. The quality of cut issue is extremely apparent
when cutting solid surface material and melamine.
3. Material Handling and Operator Ease:
This is especially true of a Striebig because of the panel
rollers, but is true of all verticals. Just think about the
way you would carry a sheet from one end of the shop to the
other - it's easier to handle it vertically. Now think about
wrestling a sheet horizontally up to and through a table saw.
4. Space Savings:
Especially working floor space. 70 sq. ft. is all that's
required to cut up to 5' x 10' panels (or 95 sq. ft. for 6'
x 14'), as opposed to 200 sq. ft. min. for a table saw or
slider just to cut 4' x 8' sheets! Remember you need 8' in
front of the blade, 8' behind the blade, 8' to the left, and
4' to the right. How much is your leased floor space worth
A continually covered saw blade is traveling through a
stationary panel. There are no fingers moving past a blade
sticking up through a table!