A beam saw, also known as a panel saw, is a type of woodworking saw used for cutting large sheets of wood-based panel products such as plywood, particleboard, and MDF. It is designed to make quick and accurate cuts in large volumes of sheet goods.
Beam saws consist of a long horizontal beam that supports the cutting blade, which moves along the beam to make the cuts. The sheet of wood is placed on a stationary table that is positioned underneath the blade. The blade can be adjusted to make different types of cuts, such as straight cuts, bevel cuts, and angled cuts.
Beam saws come in various sizes, with larger saws able to cut sheets up to 10 feet in length and 5 feet in width. They are commonly used in manufacturing plants, woodworking shops, and construction sites.
Some modern beam saws come with computerized controls that allow for precise cutting, improved safety features, and faster processing times. They can also be fitted with automated loading and unloading systems to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs.