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, as unlikely as that may seem. Tie back long hair and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing to prevent the material from getting caught in the pulleys or feed rolls of the bandsaw.
Decibel levels need to be checked and hearing protection worn if needed, particularly if the bandsaw machine will be run at high speed.
Make sure all of the machine dials, buttons, and widgets are set in place and are in acceptable condition. This is as simple as doing a quick visual of the machine.
Set the machine to the appropriate speed or adjust for machine capability and the size of the material to be cut. Never attempt to cut material while the blade is coasting. If an auto-feed devise is not included on the bandsaw, operators should use a stick to push the material along when cutting close to the blade.
Make sure that the saw blade is the appropriate type and size for the material being cut. Always keep in mind that a saw blade prior to first use has extremely sharp teeth and is more fragile compared to a used saw blade. Performing a proper break-in will help to avoid stripping the teeth and promote a longer blade life.
Replace the blade if it appears to be well-worn or has cracks. Look for things like nicks, signs of blade bending, blade scoring, and burning of the bearings. Blade guide rollers and guards should also be inspected and replaced if there are any deficiencies found.
Check to see that the coolant and lubricant tanks are full and inspect the nozzles to see that they are clear and in proper working order.
Following these procedures will help to lessen the risk of damage to the blade, the machine, and to the operator as well. Avoiding possible job hazards helps to produce quality work and is a simple way to assure your day starts off on a positive note.