The semi-automatic VB 802 band saw machine with an NC axis allows many different processing operations to be carried out on the workpiece. In the automatic version, a robot in a noise-proof cabin removes the casting for clamping on a circular table with two clamping positions. The casting is then supplied to the high-performance band saw machine, for example the HB 801 with two NC axes, for separating the feeders. The programmed sawing operations run fully automatically and can be called up for different workpieces. Both the robot grippers and the clamping positions have capacity for up to four different cylinder heads which can be processed with no loss of cycle time.