The band saw is a versatile machine which can be used for ripping, cutting green woods, as well as fine curves. They range from small table-top models to large industrial machines that can even be used for cutting metal and advanced materials. In contrast to some other types of machines, the band saw has not changed much over time. This makes vintage models still very usable today. Some innovative features to look for are laser guides for straight cuts and sanding belts that can be fitted.