HYDMECH VW-18 II Vertical Bandsaw

The HYDMECH VW-18 Semi-automatic Vertical Band Saw features a compact design that delivers versatility and superior performance on all your metal cutting applications. An important feature is the Quick Change Column which is standard on the new Series II. This allows the saw head column to be easily set upright at 90° or at a 3° forward cant. There is an easy to read angle scale and is equipped with stops at 60°.

Features and Benefits of The HYDMECH VW-18 II Band Saw

The HYDMECH VW-18 Series II is a semi-automatic vertical band saw with the ability to miter from 60° left to 60° right. Featuring a 22″H x 18″W capacity, 5 HP motor, and 1 1/4″ blade, the VW18 II is a reliable choice for all your light to medium-duty, vertical metal cutting applications.

The VW-18 vertical bandsaw comes complete with an 18″ x 20″ capacity, 1 1/4″ blade, new ergonomic design, variable blade speed controled by a variable frequency drive, full 45° left and right angle mitering, telescopic operators control panel, large easy to read angle scale, 5 hp motor, hydraulic vise control and weighs in at 3,500 lbs. The new adjustable saw head can cut at 90° and be adjusted to cut at a 3° cant.

A 5HP hydraulic pump supplies system pressure and coolant flow. A 12-gallon coolant reservoir delivers ample coolant flow through carbide faced and nozzle guides.

Standard Features:

  • Adjustable 3° canted head
  • Double articulating, semi-automatic control
  • Two full stroking hydraulic vises
  • Manual precise head positioning from 60° left to 60° right
  • Digital angle display
  • Mechanically adjustable guide arm
  • On-demand hydraulics save energy
  • 5 HP VFD. True direct blade drive – no belts/pulleys
  • Hydraulic positive down feed
  • Cast iron band wheels
  • Replaceable blade brush
  • Robust steel base
  • Easy access electrical panel and hydraulics
  • Blade breakage switch
  • Mechanical band tensioning with digital readout
  • Replaceable carbide guide inserts
  • 5 HP hydraulic pump provides system pressure
  • Safety door interlocks
  • Flood coolant with wash down hose
  • Laser light
  • Work light

Standard Options:

  • Power tilt
  • Chip bucket
  • Hydraulic overhead bundling*
  • Mist lubrication
  • Work stop*
  • Tall square vise inserts
  • Variable vise pressure
  • Power transformer
  • Idler conveyors

*Bundling and work stop cannot be used at the same time

Detailed Specifications

Rectangular Capacity at 90°22” H x 18” W558 mm H x 457 mm W
Round Capacity at 90°17.5″438 mm*
* If cutting a round piece larger than 12.5”, tall square vise inserts are required. Please note that tall square vise inserts allow for 90° cuts only.
Blade Dimensions1.25” x 16’3”34 mm x 4978 mm
Blade Drive5 HP VFD3.75 kW VFD
Blade Speed65-385 sfm19-117 m/min
Coolant Tank Capacity12 US gal45 liters
Machine Weight2700 lbs1227 kg
Machine Dimensions36” W
95” L
96” H
914 mm W
2413 mm L
2438 mm H

Bandsaw Parts & Info

Fabtech Solution is a trusted dealer of HYDMECH Band Saws, our service department regularly repairs and maintains wood and metal cutting bandsaw machinery. We carry complete lines of replacement blades, aftermarket parts and blade coolant. A large selection of bi-metal, grit and carbide tipped bandsaw blades as well as Fluid and Drip Lubricants. We can ship and deliver to your shop. Our Service Department will keep your saw in motion.

We've included several resources and troubleshooting guides below. This material is for reference purposes only; please contact our Service Department with any questions or concerns.

HYDMECH VW-18 Vertical Band Saw

HYDMECH VW-18 Power Tilt Option

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What type of hydraulic oil is used on HYDMECH machines?
Texaco Rando HD46 or equivalent or machines built with Parker or Bosch Rexroth Power Packs use Shell Tellus 22 or equivalent hydraulic oil. The fill level is marked as a black line on the temperature / level gauge.
What hydraulic oil filter is used on HYDMECH saws and how often should it be changed?
HYDMECH uses commercially available filters. When calling to order filters, please refer to the information listed on your current filter to obtain the proper dimensions as different sizes are used. Filters should be changed after the first 50 hours of operation and then every 500 working hours after that.
My saw runs, but I have no hydraulic functions or any pressure showing on the system pressure gauge.
Between the hydraulic pump and motor there is a bell housing containing a three-piece coupling. Inspect the coupling to see if one of the flanges has loosened and slid apart. If it is necessary to re-connect the coupling, use removable Loc-Tite on the set screws, or if the coupling is damaged, it will need to be replaced. With new saw installations, if there is no pressure showing on the system pressure gauge, it is likely that the phase wiring is backwards. Reverse any two of the three phase wires supplying power to the saw.
On my inverter driven machine the blade shuts down and will not restart.
Disconnect the supply voltage to the saw for approximately five minutes. Turn the power back on and try to restart the saw blade. If the alarm or fault code persists, check the led screen on the blade motor inverter drive for the presence of an error code, call the factory with the saw serial number, inverter model number and the error code.
My chip auger has stopped turning on my saw.
The chip auger may be jammed with a thin piece of metal. If you are unable to locate or remove the obstruction, you need to reverse the auger rotation. Lower the head fully down, shut off the hydraulics, and reverse the two conveyor hoses at the hydraulic manifold. Start the hydraulics, raise the head, and switch the head to the down position and the chip conveyor will run in reverse dislodging the piece of metal. Then put the hoses back as they were initially.
99SHS Transmission/Reception94Micro zero-axe in-congruent
98SHS In-congruent reception93SHS phases short circuit
97Micro zero-behind92SHS driver over temperature
96Micro zero-axe always OFF91SHS over/under-voltage
95Micro zero-axe always ON90Non-existent phase zeroing


Possible Cause


Disable drivePress Reset. If display doesn’t show “r” letter, please check limit switch, emergency circuit,…


Enable and ready driveReady to march.


Phase motor short circuitCheck the connection on driver and motor.


Hi or low voltage supplyCheck the power supply voltage, transformer, connections.


Over temperatureCheck if fans inside the cabinet are turning properly, fuses…
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