Useful Tips on Bandsaw Blade Use

1. Select the correct blade for what you are cutting.

2. Use the recommended width for your machine or the widest blade your machine can take.

3. Get the right pitch (straight or variable – Bi-Metal only).

Break In Your Bandsaw Blade

A new bandsaw blade should only be used at 50% of the normal feed rate. This will avoid damage to the very small edge radius from too large chip thickness. New blades also tend to vibrate – in that case, slightly increase or decrease the cutting speed.


We suggest …

1. Set the band speed at normal speed.

2. Reduce the feed rate as low as possible while still producing a chip. Do not let the blade run without producing a chip.

3. On easy to cut materials – use about one third the usual feed pressure.

4. On difficult to cut product – about ½ the usual pressure but make sure the material does not harden and damage the teeth.

5.  Increase feed rate after some cutting to normal rate.


Meat Blade Tips for Best Performance


1. Keep your machine properly aligned so the blade always tracks in the centre of the guides. Check the blade scrapers and always make sure they are not striking the guides and dulling the teeth.

2. Be sure the blade tracks straight. Use correct tension - not enough and the blade will waiver - too much and it will break. Have the back-up bearings adjusted so they only touch and support the back of the blade when meat is being cut.

3. Let the blade cut straight. Don’t force it to twist in the cut. Let the blade attack the meat - not the other way around.

4. Keep the wheels clean and the scrapers in good condition. Make very sure the saw is aligned so that the back of the blade is off the flanges to avoid friction.

5. Keep your saw guides, fibre support block, blade cleaners and back-up bearings in good condition. They all contribute to accurate cuts and add to your blade’s life.


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