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01-23-2010 05:07 AM

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I just got a 18” band saw the thing is I found out it was a metal cutting band saw does anyone know if there is a differants in a metal and a wood cutting band saw and if so what are they and can this thing be converted to cut wood.

I posted this before and didnt get much response so if nyony knows nything about this caan you help

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 05:19 AM

is it vertical or horizontal?

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 08:49 AM

I will assume you have an upright band saw. The main difference is blade speed. Metal cutting will be about 25% of the speed for cutting wood,depending on the type of metal. The blades are different. Think of a hacksaw and a hand saw.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 06:59 PM

It’s all in the blades and the speed. You have to buy a metal cutting blade and slow down the speed. Other than that, you cut wood.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 07:19 PM

You need to answer your forum posts if you want answers. Just trying to be helpful. hvroberts meant you have to buy a wood cutting blade.

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 07:21 PM

What hvroberts said

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 07:27 PM

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 07:43 PM

what brand name saw do you have and what type vertical or horizontal , the guides will be different and the motor speed , and the blades will not be as suitable for soft wood , but mite work with some hard woods . it depends on the degree of skiils you have . if its a horizontal , you could in fact turn it into a resaw , the wider the throught the better , but you will also be looking to use deeper blades and a conveyer type belt to carry the wood through and some sort of a hold down springed wheel or roller to keep the wood flat to the conveyer as it passes through the blade 3tpi carbides would work great , and more than 2 hp . if its a vertical set up then it is posible that the table will not tilt but you can make one that has a fence and tilts using counter top and plywood as it base and house hold door hinges . the fence need to be adjustable but able to be fixed when cuting . a measuring guide inbeded in the top will save you lots of time with set up .
free hand work is best done with thiner front to back blades of 3/16 to 1/2”with 4tpi or more and ripping thicker blades front to back 5/8 to 3/4”with 4tpi or less. speed adjustment is a very nice option in band saw use , but it is personal preference in the end .
As long as you feel comforetable , the bandsaw is one of my favorite tools . never place your fingers in the path of the blade , use a push block .

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 09:06 PM

Well I guess I should clarify Cutting wood requires wood blades(just like Jockmike said) on the band saw the metal blades teeth are to close together and not aggressive enough. The speed of a metal cutting band saw may be different so it may mean you have to adjust the feed rate of the material. I agree with using a push stick for sure.

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 05:15 AM

sorry I am out of town for work and haavent had the time .it is a upright Dayton 6Y942B 18” bandsaw. it is for cutting metal only it speed is 50 80 and 200 FPM what I wont to do is confert it if possable to cut wood I know how to use a band saw I know the differants in blades and how to work a saw the question I amm trying to ask is does anyone know the steps if possable to confert to cut wood. I did find out that the speed is way to slow and it is not going to cut wood good at all. it has some kind of gear box the I think makes it go slow for wood so maybe I have to take it off and put some kind of pully on ot for a faster speed.

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#10 posted 01-24-2010 05:46 AM

Just curious, is this your bandsaw?

Was trying to do a little online research for you, to see if you could just change out the pulley to increase your speed.

-- James

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#11 posted 01-24-2010 09:57 PM

No That is close to mine the differants is mine has a B at the end not a D and it is only fr cutting metal

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