A band saw machine is not easy to work with. From a small table top band saw model to a large complex one, just seeing the machine should tell you that one needs proper knowledge on how to operate and to remain safe at the same time.
But, is it just the knowledge to operate the machine that one must have to start using the band saw?
Everyone knows that a band saw can be as dangerous as it really looks. I have always thought that a band saw machine doesn’t want to hurt you, but it will if you are not paying attention. One wrong move might lead to an accident, so operators should give all due diligence to safety during the operations. Below are safety measures that we need to keep in mind during the operation:
It is always needed to wear gloves and safety glasses when handling band saw blades.
An operator needs to keep his hands safely away from a blade which is 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
Metals – 1,200 SFPM
Aluminum or Non-Metals – 4,000 SFPM
Before every operation, make sure that blades are in good condition and are set properly. Also, we need to take a look if the blade is tensioned properly and is installed properly on the guides so that the teeth are leading in the direction of the cut.
Be sure that the material to be cut is clamped in the vice systems properly.
Assure that you do not drop a stationary blade onto the work piece or start a cut on a corner or sharp edge.
You should never re-start or stop a machine with the blade in a cut.
It is very important to follow proper guidelines before starting the operation. Knowledge on proper safety procedures is a must to have in operating a band saw machine. You won’ t lose anything just by being wise enough, not only to protect the production, but also to protect ourselves to the danger that we might face.
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