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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Blade Tension

Blade tension is a term used to describe how tight a bandsaw blade is on a bandsaw and is expressed in Pounds per Square Inch (PSI). In order to consistently produce straight and uniform cuts, bandsaw blades require tension. Before installing a bandsaw blade, the first thing to do is to put tension on the wheel to hold it firmly in place. This should be done each time a saw blade is replaced to insure accurate cuts. Most bandsaws come with a gauge tension meter, which will indicate the amount of tension required based on the width of the blade. This is …

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Bandsaw Tune-Up

Correct bandsaw tune-up is important to achieve optimum performance as well as to preserve the condition of the machine and saw blades. Whether a new bandsaw is purchased or the blades on an existing saw need replacing, spending a little time to make sure all of the adjustable parts are correctly aligned is important to the success of any cutting procedure. It will also guarantee a longer, more productive life of both the machine and the blades used. There are three simple adjustments that will help to keep the saw cut true. It is a good idea to check these adjustments each …

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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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Cutting Bundles

Cutting bundles can prove to be the most abusive of applications to any bandsaw blade. The potential for damage to the saw blade is doubled and as a result, the saw band’s life expectancy is reduced by 20 – 25%. Cutting bundles tends to stress a bandsaw blade, which is why saw blade manufacturers have developed a specific blade that fits ideally with this type of heavy-duty operation. When cutting bundles, SawBlade.com customers are advised to use a bi-metal blade: specifically, the Haltbar Sägen 601 bandsaw blade. The 601 Series is a saw blade proven to work effectively and efficiently through any heavy-duty bundle cutting …

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Carbon or Bi-Metal Bandsaw Blades

When deciding on carbon or bi-metal bandsaw blades, cost is an issue, and change is another. Here are some pointers about both types of bandsaw blade and a few of the models carried here at SawBlade.com. It is hopeful that this information will help in making the right choice. Carbon bandsaw blades are general-purpose saw blades ideal for use in small maintenance shops and for light-production cuts. They are made of tough alloys with high silicon content and have precision milled, heat-treated teeth and a flexible back. A versatile blade for all types of wood, non-ferrous metals, and mild steel using less than 200′ per minute …

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Bandsaw Blade Terminology

More information about bandsaw blade terminology, the industry jargon, and with emphasis on the bandsaw blade. A bandsaw blade is an engineered and banded piece of metal joined together by welding.  Saw blades are composed of different parts, and the terminology to describe these parts is an important factor in helping to better understand blade applications. Arbor/Mandrel — the shaft that is saw-motor driven and turns the saw blade Beam Strength — the resistance a saw blade has to back deflection when subjected to the edge thrust of feed pressure Blade Length — the total length of the bandsaw blade Blade Tension — the direct pull (in pounds) on the …

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