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SawSel is ...

.......a tool for sawfilers, maintenance managers and production supervisors and others who make decisions about saw design and operation.  Sawsel includes tried and true rules of guided circular saw design and incorporates the latest developments in bandsaw technology.  SawSel is unique.  It uses a computer model of the blade to estimate blade stiffness, which is the most important factor affecting cutting accuracy. 

Over the past 4 years more than 150 copies have been sold.

Techniques from sawing research

  • Load Index (LI)   - A measure sawing accuracy that considers blade stiffness and the cutting forces.

  • Critical Speed  -  The maximum speed to run the saw before vibration instability occurs.


Uses for SawSel

  • Assess how a change in operation affects performance
  • Investigate trade-offs between production and recovery
  • Give warnings when operations are outside accepted conditions
  • Trouble-shoot sawing problems
  • Select saw design and feed speeds for new installations or rebuilds
  • Calculate feeds and speeds
  • Teaching aid about bandsaw operation and design
  • Store data for each saw
  • Print reports


  • Required gullet area
  • Bite per tooth
  • Recommended arbour speed
  • Recommended number of teeth
  • Power requirement

User's Manual

SawSel comes with a user's manual that includes a tutorial on how to use the program.  The information to be typed in for each screen and the calculated values are explained in detail.  Each screen also has explanations and instructions for the user.

Computer Requirement

SawSel is an MS-Dos program, that runs on Windows

SawSel Manual

SawSel brochure

Instructions for setting up a printer in WinXP

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