Safe Bandsaw Operation is as obvious as it is important for anyone owning and operating equipment that uses sharp objects at fast speeds.
Another seemingly obvious statement would be to say that the bandsaw is not a simple machine to be taken lightly. From the small table top variety of bandsaw to the larger, more complex models, the need of sufficient knowledge and skill in operating these machines is essential to maintaining a safe and stress-free work environment.
Saw operators are already aware of the fact that there are dangers involved when working with and even near such a machine. One wrong move could lead to disaster, and the operator needs to be alert: fully aware of the safety guidelines and procedures specifically set in place for all bandsaws.
Here are some of the safety measures to consider during the operation of any bandsaw:
- Wear gloves and safety glasses when handling band saw blades
- Keep hands safely away from a blade in motion
- Take note of maximum safe blade operating speeds:
- Carbon FlexBack – 10,000 SFPM
- Carbon HardBack – 4,000 SFPM
- Bi-metal – 2,000 SFPM
- Carbide Tipped Metals – 1,200 SFPM
- Aluminum or Non-Metals – 4,000 SFPM
- Before every operation, make sure that blades are in good condition and are properly set
- Take a good look at the blade to check that it has the correct tension and is properly installed on the guides so that the teeth are leading in the direction of the cut
- Be sure that the material to be cut is properly clamped in the vice
- Assure that a stationary blade cannot be dropped onto the work piece or to start a cut on a corner or sharp edge
- Never stop or re-start a machine with the blade in a cut
It is important to follow proper procedure guidelines before starting any operation. Knowledge of the proper safety procedures is necessary when operating a bandsaw machine if worker injury is to be avoided. Being safe is being wise while also helping to protect the production process and the workers.