The Gryphon AquaSaw is an aquarium approved bandsaw which has been overhauled to be the best coral-cutting machine this side of Mars. Once upon a time we used to cut up stony corals with a plain hand saw, and then Dremel tools with diamond tipped cutting wheels but nowadays, the coral chopping is handled primarily with bandsaws. Developed in conjunction with Aquarium Specialty, Gryphon took their previous workhorse C-40 bandsaw and made it even more better at chopping up corallites.
Much like Inland transformed their DFS-100 Bandsaw into the saltwater approved Inland ReefKeeper bandsaw, Gryphon has similarly transformed their C-40 into the AquaSaw with more splash-protected and corrosion-resistant components. The biggest difference between the Inland and Gryphon saws is the use of a direct drive motor in the Gryphon C-40 and AquaSaw whereas the Inland has that pesky belt-driven blade which tends to bounce off if the tension isn’t just so.
Better yet, whereas the Inland has the motor located below the water-dripping action the Gryphon AquaSaw has the motor top-mounted so it already bypasses much of the drippage that could occur during particularly messy coral cutting sessions. The high speed motor, anodized and stainless parts all contribute to a much more durable machine and one obvious new addition to the Gryphon Aquasaw is the inclusion of a top blade guide since coral bones tend to pull on the bandsaw blade more than wood. The saltwater safe overhaul of the Gryphon Bandsaw C-40 into the Gryphon Aquasaw brings the retail price of this baby to $369, available exclusively from Aquarium Specialty although most prospective buyers will likely be in the business of coral propagation, and therefore amy also qualify for wholesale pricing.