Everyone knows that vibration is the killer of all clean cuts. All KAMA benchtop saws are designed and built from the bottom up to eliminate vibration and provide a clean, accurate cut. We DO NOT make AD105S with simply sever material and make the saw for the lowest possible price. But, our goal was and remains the same to deliver a “benchtop” machine tool capable of delivering precise, accurate, and repeatable cuts, whether at 90°, 45°, or anywhere in between. Whether you do it in your shop or on the job site, perform the same day in, day out, for years after you buy it.
The Built & Power Supply
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, NOT stamped sheet metal. 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. It provides 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 perfect balance of ease to pull down the saw head. At the same time, keeping the saw head raised when you want it to stay in the raised position.
Inner Power of KAMA
A powerful 1800 watt motor supplies the power to the driving pulley. 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 the machine. In addition, all of the shafts in the power train ride on high-grade, industrial-quality ball bearings. There are NO bushings in the assembly that wear out over time and introduce vibration to the drive train. The drive train in every Kama Bandsaw delivers the power to cut any thickness of material within its capacity, day in, day out.
Inside Benchtop Saws
Inside the saw, heads are also mounted the driven pulley assembly. Also, the inside has the common feature of all Kama benchtop saws – the automatic blade tension mechanism. There is no need to guess the correct blade tension; the spring-loaded Kama blade tension mechanism delivers it correctly every time.
Outside Benchtop Saws
Outside the saw head is the pull-down handle, designed so that whether bare-handed or using gloves, the trigger is easy to pull, and the saw head is comfortable to pull down. The speed adjustment dial is conveniently located in the handle assembly. 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 saw head are located the blade guide assemblies. Here again, a feature common to all Kama benchtop saws, the blade guides do not require adjustment. They consist of industrial-grade ball bearings rather than blocks of metal which can wear out over time. The bearings provide frictionless contact between the blade and the guides, once again eliminating a potential source of vibration.
Base of KAMA Benchtop Saws
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 directly mounted to the aluminum base. Because the action of the vise traveling back and forth would soon wear out the aluminum underneath it. And, it fails to hold the material square to the blade. Instead, a precision ground plate, more than 3/8” thick that is secured to the cast aluminum base. 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. Instead, it 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 durable design and build quality of all Kama benchtop saws are in a class 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. Also, many dozens of shops having several of our benchtop saws working in various workstations. Mainly, in the production process. They know they can count on them to consistently produce the parts they need. If you consider the years of ownership and thousands of parts that it will cut, KAMA benchtop saws pay more than for reliability and production.
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 (whereas it’s 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
- In addition to functioning like a normal horizontal benchtop bandsaw, the machine can quickly (in about 30 seconds) convert into a vertical bandsaw. And, scrollwork cutting curved patterns into material.