Wood workers are always playing with their tools and machine. But not literally
playing, of course. We tend to keep ourselves busy as much as possible in our shops
to make our projects, to create something new, to repair damaged furniture etc..And
after doing some hard work and when the day ends, we clean our messy shops for the
next day work. We clean our tools and machine because they are like our pets or
even like our best friends. That is why we take good care of them. I think, the most
expensive machine that I bought for myself is my band saw. And it has been very
helpful to me. I always clean it up and also my blades. It is important for me to
discuss the ways to ensure the band saw life. Proper maintenance of your band saw
blade is paramount to effectual sawing. I always make sure that my blade is
accurately set and properly sharpened. We always encounter problems with our band
saw blades and mostly of those are the following: inaccurate cut, stripping and
wearing well out of teeth, dulling of teeth and sometimes, if improperly used, will
lead to blade breakage. The reason why we encounter these problems because we
neglect some important rules in using our band saw blades like not installing the blade
correctly , wheel alignment is not properly set , faulty speed and feed rates , guides
are not badly placed or in the other words, we simply not using it right. There are
typical ways on how to strengthen your band saw blade life or to maintain the
efficiency of your band saw blades. These ways are: Break-in, tensioning, and
The main target of doing a proper break in of your band saw blade is to have a
uniform shape and spacing of saw teeth. It is very essential to know how to take
good care of the blades. This is actually one of the aspects that we overlooked of
caring our band saw blades. The aftereffect can be blade breakage. This can be
avoided by performing break in action.
The purpose of tensioning is to remove the unbalanced force distribution on the
table. It is a method of stretching the saw blade body in the inner area of the blade
to compensate for expansion of the band saw edges, due to heat buildup during
sawing. Blades should be tensioned properly to have straight cuts. Also, if saw blades
are not in use, reduce the tension. Please acknowledge that insufficient tension will
cause the saw blade to break , to flutter and to push the saw blade off or from the
To get the most out of your blade, it is important to sharpen it periodically. With
your band saw off, gently rub a sharpening stone along both sides of the blade.
Take care of band saw blades to lengthen its life. Additionally, when working with
power tools, safety is of utmost important thing to remember.
Have you encountered inaccurate cut, stripping and wearing well out of teeth, dulling
of teeth and blade breakage? If so, post what you think the reason why it happened
to your saw blade.
How do you take good care of your blades?
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