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Daily Archives: October 21, 2014

Clamps/Vices

Bandsaw machines are as common in woodworking shops as they are in the metal cutting industry. They are also one of the most powerful and extremely useful tools in both industries. In either case, the machines consist of various and unique parts. Understanding them all and applying proper maintenance is essential to safe and productive output. Two of the most essential parts of a bandsaw are the clamps and vices. A vise is used to hold the material in a solid, fixed position and it usually consists of two jaws that open and close via screw or lever. The jaws are separate pieces made of …

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Feed Mechanisms

The bandsaw feed mechanism aids in proper machine usage, allowing for an easy and productive cutting procedure with positive end results. Blade life preservation is another aspect. Gravity feed saws behave as their name implies and rely on their own weight. The cutting force can be adjusted by a movable counterbalancing weight, a screw-thread coil spring adjustment, or by a hydraulic or pneumatic damper or speed control valve. A damper won’t force the blade down but instead limits the fall speed, preventing excessive feed on thin or soft parts. Hydraulic feed saws use a positive pressure hydraulic piston to move …

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