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Forum topic by Mean_Dean posted 1660 days ago 544 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Mean_Dean

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1660 days ago

Hi Guys!

Have a question regarding band saw blade speed. My instruction manual states that for hardwood, the saw should be set at 1450 feet per minute, and for all other woods, 3000 FPM.

Why the difference? Also, is there any harm in sawing hardwoods at 3000 FPM?

Thanks much!

-- Dean


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Steve Peterson

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#1 posted 1660 days ago

I purchased a used saw that the previous owner put in a 3450 RPM motor that caused the blade to move somewhere near 6000 FPM. That speed is scary fast and made the entire saw vibrate.

I swapped out the motor with a 1725 RPM motor to reduce the speed down to around 3000 FPM. What a difference. It just feels right.

I can’t imagine needing to reduce the speed further unless possibly to increase the torque on a smaller HP saw.

-- Steve

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