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Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Cutting Structural Materials

When cutting structural materials, it is important to understand what the material is made of, and in order to achieve long-lasting cutting performance, there are different types of steel that require the use of a specific type of bandsaw blade. It is also simpler to be able to determine the correct tooth pattern for solids than it is for structural shapes. Here are a few things to consider before cutting structural materials using any bandsaw blade. Square tubing and angled structural materials need to be cut at the correct angle in order to keep the saw blade’s teeth in constant contact with the thinner …

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Effective Production Cutting

Effective production cutting is successful production cutting. Making sure the bandsaw is in proper working order and that the correct saw blade is installed prior to starting work equates to being efficient, which then equates to being successful. Effective production cutting can be achieved through the use of the correct bandsaw blade. In order to effectively cut a specific material for a specific job, or to properly maintain the bandsaw machine to be used for the job, the right saw blade is imperative. Two factors to consider when choosing the right blade for the material are speed and feed rates. Speed and …

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Bandsaw Operator Procedures

Bandsaw Operator Procedures — things a bandsaw operator should perform before the start of each work day. Before the start of any sawing operation, the bandsaw machine operator needs to check the electrical connections — saw to power source. Look for cable splits or crimps and assure that a fork lift or other shop equipment are not inadvertently left near or plugged into a needed outlet. Check to see that the work area is dry and free of any obstacles (hazards) that will inhibit a body from getting to the machine quickly if necessary. To ensure personal safety, wear safety goggles to protect the eyes from flying splinters or chips, …

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Bandsaw Blade Guides

Bandsaw blade guides are one of the most important parts of a bandsaw machine. Blade guides hold the blade on either side as it passes through the materials being cut, allowing the blade to accurately cut material without running off the drive or the idler wheel. Bandsaw blade guides are made of either hard carbon steel or roller bearings. All blade guides undergo friction, which eventually cause the surface of the guides to wear out. Blade guides should be maintained on a regular basis in order to keep accuracy-of-cut on all materials. There is a tendency for the blade to break …

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Horizontal and Vertical Bandsaws

Selection of horizontal and vertical bandsaws, like any other decision, depends on things like need, capabilities, and fit. Both can be used for woodworking and in metal fabrication shops. Horizontal bandsaw machines have the capacity to cut materials from soft woods to thick metals. Vertical bandsaw machines are used for cutting wood, metal, and plastic. Horizontal bandsaws hold the work piece stationary while the blade is moving back and forth through a cut. The configuration of the horizontal bandsaw helps to cut long materials. Vertical bandsaw machines need the operator to move the material against the blade to make a …

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