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If you need to slice really big stuff, you need a really big saw. The KASTOmaxcut is a really big bandsaw. Compared to the the person squatting next to it, the blade is thicker most people’s arms and the wheels are almost as wide as a person is high.

A 29hp motor powers either a bi-metal or carbon bandsaw blade which can be hydraulically twisted to make either horizontal or vertical cuts.  According to KASTO’s website, you’d use this saw to cut slabs, ingot moulds, forged shafts, open-die forgings, marine crank shafts, shafts for turbines, large tools of all qualities and material like titanium, Hasteloy, and Inconel, which are difficult to cut.

You can purchase machines the that range in cutting width from 41″ to 81″ (that’s over 2 yards!). KASTO doesn’t post a price for the bandsaws on their website, so you’ll have to give them a call if you’re interested.

KASTOmaxcut Brochure(pdf)
KASTOmaxcut Press Release

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14 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Paul Bunyan’s Bandsaw

  1. rg says:

    Oh, it’s all very nice, but surely these industrial saws can be improved by a software developer mounting little springs on them somewhere?

  2. Alan says:

    You’d probably need an industrial software developer for this one I think.

  3. fred says:

    Most folks who visit our pipe/metal fabrication shop – think our 10HP Marvel is pretty big – but this saw could probably slice through some pretty big stuff.

  4. Mike47 says:

    Lumber mills have (or had) bandsaws a lot bigger than this. I’ve seen pictures of blades flaked out on a shapening room floor that looked to be 12″ thick. Still, this modern example is cool to see.

  5. Mike47 says:

    Oh, and it’s Paul Bunyan, not Bunyon.

  6. Old as Dirt says:

    Does it have a laser?

  7. @Mike47:

    I knew it was Bunyan, I even double-checked the dictionary. For some reason my fingers typed Bunyon and I didn’t catch it. I feel like a big blue ass.

  8. zoomzoomjeff says:

    I used to work on these as a saw rep for Starrett. It’s a fun challenge to get them set up right and cutting accurately. The last big one I worked on was at a GM plant that did destructive testing on its’ enging casting department to check for internal flaws in the casting.

    I love big bandsaws!

  9. fred says:

    @Old as Dirt

    At this size of cutting machine – if it had a laser it would use the laser for cutting and wouldn’t have a blade.

    Seriously, small operations like mine – use band saws. While our Armstrong Blum (Marvel) Saw is not a CNC machine – some bandsaws are. High voulme operations are also moving to other options like water-jet cutting, plasma cutting – and lasers.

  10. Phil says:

    And here I thought a Bunyon was something loggers got because of wearing ill-fitting boots… 😉

  11. Kurt says:

    I remember visiting Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston and they has some seriously large tools for working on ships. It was a long time ago (pre-digital), but I did find a photo on Flikr that shows one serious bandsaw:


  12. browndog77 says:

    The amazing thing about this tool is, to me, that while cutting stock that measures nearly 7′ accross, you can accurately make slices down to appr. 3/8″ thick! Products made from crosscuts of very large extrusions come to mind.

  13. Paul says:

    I bet these guys would find it a little small at times:


    (let the slideshow run)

    I once had them quote an eight foot diameter rolled 2″ plate part and was told that’s a small part for them!

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