Everyone knows that vibration is the killer of all clean cuts. All KAMA bandsaws are designed and built from the bottom up to eliminate vibration and provide a clean, accurate cut.
Our goal with the AD105S, as with all of our benchtop bandsaws, was NOT to make a machine to simply sever material, and make the saw for the lowest possible price. Our goal was and remains to deliver a “benchtop” machine tool capable of delivering precise, accurate and repeatable cuts, whether at 90°, 45° or anywhere in between, and do it in your shop or on the jobsite, day in, day out, for years after you buy it.
The foundation of every Kama Bandsaw is its base. The base is the part to which all the other perfectly machined parts are mounted to establish a perfect cutting relationship between the machine and the material being cut.
The Model AD105S 4” capacity saw starts with a heavy, cast aluminum base and NOT stamped sheet metal. Then, a cast aluminum turning support has a flat surface machined on the bottom to mate with the same surface machined into the base below it, providing a rock-solid assembly to mount the entire cutting head, motor and gear train. A 20mm diameter, precision machined shaft connects the turning support to the cutting head assembly. The amount of friction on the shaft is easily adjustable to allow the prefect balance of ease to pull down the saw head while keeping the saw head raised when you want it to stay in the raised position.
The power to the driving pulley is supplied by a powerful, 1800 watt motor. The initial power of the motor is amplified through a double gear reduction gear case to the driving pulley. The gears are all precisely ground, hardened steel gears – there are no plastic gears inside. And all of the shafts in the power train ride on high grade, industrial quality ball bearings. There are NO bushings in the assembly to wear out over time and introduce vibration to the drivetrain. The drivetrain in every Kama Bandsaw delivers the power to cut any thickness of material within its capacity, day in, day out.
Inside the saw head are also mounted the driven pulley assembly. Also to be found inside is a common feature of all Kama Bandsaws: the automatic blade tension mechanism. No need to guess what the correct blade tension is, the spring loaded Kama blade tension mechanism delivers it correctly every time.
Outside the sawhead is the pull down handle, designed so that whether bare handed or using gloves, the trigger is easy to pull and the sawhead is comfortable to pull down. The speed adjustment dial is conveniently located in the handle assembly, so that, with the left hand holding the handle, the right hand can easily adjust the speed, even while the machine is running. On the lower right side of the sawhead are located the blade guide assemblies. Here again, a feature common to all Kama bandsaws, the blade guides do not require adjustment because they consist of industrial grade ball bearings, rather than blocks of metal that can wear out over time. The bearings provide frictionless contact between the blade and the guides, once again eliminating a potential source of vibration.
All the care and precision built into the cutting portion of the machine would be useless in delivering clean, accurate, vibration free cuts if the vise holding the material is flimsy and poorly built. Our customers constantly comment on how heavily built the vises on our machines are. The vise is not mounted directly to the aluminum base because the action of the vise traveling back and forth would soon wear out the aluminum underneath it and it fail to hold the material square to the blade. Instead, a precision ground plate, more than 3/8” thick, is secured to the cast aluminum base and then the moving parts of the vise are mounted to it. The rear fixed jaw is 1” thick and is not just bolted to the base but pinned as well for precise location. The 7/16” thick moving jaw is mounted to the moving part of the vise. A heavy shield is incorporated into the assembly to protect the vise screw threads from chips and airborne grinding dust. The vise screw itself is over 3/4” in diameter and delivers powerful clamping capability.
The ruggedness, precision and durability designed and built into every Kama benchtop bandsaw are in a class by themselves when compared to similar type machines made in Asia. It’s no wonder that week after week, customers all around the world order spare parts for the machines they have owned for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years. It’s no wonder there are many dozens of shops who have several of our benchtop saws mounted in various workstations in the production process. They know they can count on them to consistently produce the parts they need. Over the years of ownership and the thousands of parts that will be cut, a KAMA saw more than pays for itself in reliability and production.
Find out for yourself why, among the entire field of small bandsaws, a KAMA bandsaw is usually the most expensive to buy, and the least expensive to own.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE OTHER KAMA BENCHTOP BANDSAWS
- The capacity is 6”
- The base is made of heavy formed steel, ¼” thick
- Like the AD105S, it miters 45° to the right
- Weight is 85 lbs (compared to 50 lbs for the AD105S
- All the same features as the EV 88 but the EV90 can miter 45° to the right AND left (DM stands for Double Miter)
- Weight is 90 lbs
- DMVH Stands for “Double Miter, Vertical / Horizontal
- This means in addition to functioning like a normal horizontal bandsaw, the machine can quickly (in about 30 seconds) be converted into a vertical bandsaw for scroll work cutting curved patterns into material.