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Chip Formation and Color

There are various factors that can affect bandsaw efficiency, and using the correct sawing parameters — band speed and feed rates — is one to consider. Knowing about chip formation and color is important to determine the correct use of feed rate. A bandsaw blade’s teeth are razor-sharp, and the result of any cutting process includes the chips produced. They are discarded yet hold a vital clue to the success of any cutting procedure. The bandsaw operator can and should inspect the chips in order to achieve maximum cutting efficiency. Chips are the layers (shavings) of metal removed from the material being cut as …

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