A panel saw consists of a circular saw mounted on a carriage that travels on vertical guides to cut large sheets of material. It is typically used to break down large sheet goods such as plywood, particle board, MDF, or OSB. Most of these products are sold in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets, which can be cumbersome to muscle into place to cut on a table saw. Panel saws cut either parallel or perpendicular to the long axis of a piece of sheet stock. They cannot make angled or bevelled cuts.
The Powermatic Vertical Panel Saw 511 can make both rip and cross cuts.