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What’s the difference between a Stone Bench Saw and a Bridge Saw?

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Two of the most sought pieces of I.T.C. Italian Top Class products are stone bench saws and bridge saws.

To understand the difference between these two machineries will help you select the correct one for your Company or workshop.

These 2 saws may look very similar and may appear to perform the same tasks. There is some overlap between them but they work differently and have distinct job functions.

What is the overlap?

They are both electric and built for wet cutting with high capacity water tanks and pumps to ensure constant water supply. They are both recommended to cut hard and/or soft materials such as ceramic, marble, granite, concrete, terrazzo, etc. [Remember: it’s important to choose an adequate diamond blade based on the material being processed (we will debate this topic thoroughly next time)].

Both saws have a stationary table (the saw moves during cutting), and the option to perform mitring cuts.

What is the difference? When should you use one or the other?

The primary differences between stone bench saws and small bridge saws lie in their basic design and cutting parameters.

ITC stone bench saws are designed to meet the needs of construction sites. They are compact and suitable for being moved often; accessories such as folding legs, lateral handle and wheels kit (optional) facilitate their transportation.

ITC bridge saws are devised for medium-small marble workshop. They are designed with more detailed cutting parameters; not conceived for being moved often, but rather for remaining unmovable in your workshop.

The stone bench saws may have a structure in iron (model ITC), aluminium (model IT AL) or stainless steel (model ITC ST), as necessary. This possibility was imagined for meeting different needs. For example, the aluminium structure makes the saw really light and so, easy to move also for 1 person.

Instead, it’s possible to choose the bridge saw with manual (AVS) or motorized advancement (AAS) of the cutting head.

The cutting head of stone bench saws runs on 2 chrome-plated guides by means of linear recirculating ball bearings with anti-dust protection. The operator works in front of the cutting head moving it by means of a handle.

The bridge saws have a single beam system (in aluminium) and a reinforced structure; features make this model very tough and precise. Its toothed belt transmission allows the operator to remain stationary without having to move with the cutting head. Indeed, the cutting process happens by means of a flywheel on the right hand side of the machine (in the manual version) or controlling the electric switchboard (in the motorized version).

To conclude, we can affirm that these two type of saws, stone bench saws and bridge saws, may be used for performing similar or sometimes identical works.

However, if you need more accurate cuts, we suggest to opt for a bridge saw. We highlight that operations such as 1) drilling, 2) realizing half-bullnose profile, 3) mitring cut over 45°, may be fulfill only with a bridge saw.