Our team at Farris Belt & Saw Company has extensive experience in working with power tools, and we are here to help you keep your industrial saws and other equipment in great shape. You can turn to us whenever you need new equipment for your facility, as we are a reliable distributor, and we also work on a variety of conversion projects.
Some of the many types of equipment we offer are band saws and jigsaws. These two types of saws are similar in many ways, but they have some key differences, which we will go over here.
- Size – One key difference between a band saw and a jigsaw is their sizes. A band saw is a stationary piece of equipment, while a jigsaw is a smaller handheld tool. Most band saw blades are at least 24” in length, while jigsaw blades are usually just 5-8” long.
- Technique – Another difference between band saw and jigsaw blades has to do with the way they are used. When you use a band saw, you move the work piece towards the blade. In contrast, when using a jigsaw, you move the device over the work piece—in other words, it’s the jigsaw blade that moves while the work piece stays still.
- Movement – In addition, the blades of these two saws move in different ways. Band saw blades move in a continuous circular motion, while jigsaw blades move up and down.
- Purpose – Lastly, band saws and jigsaws are used for different types of jobs. Band saw blades are great for making deep cuts that go all the way through a piece, no matter how thick, while jigsaw blades are better at making smaller, more detailed cuts. Jigsaws are best known for their ability to make intricate cuts with lots of curves, such as those in jigsaw puzzles.