Bandsaw blades in cold weather.

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Forum topic by Leonardthecat posted 11-30-2016 01:51 AM 665 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2016 01:51 AM

Here’s the rundown. I just got a bandsaw this past spring. I have my workshop currently in my garage. With the cold weather here I would’ve liked to move everything to my basement but that would be too much of a hassle and I really don’t have the room for it down there. It’s been in the mid 40s in temperature outside and in the 30s on some nights. My garage has 3 insulated walls so I don’t think it gets below 45 degrees, even at night. Went out to use my bandsaw for the first time since the weather changed. Started cutting and blade almost instantly snapped into several pieces which seemed odd. I grabbed it and bent it just to check it out and it easily broke in half. I can just break pieces off by hand when I would assume it should bend, very brittle.
Just wondering if the cold weather will do that to it and if so is there anything I can do about it..

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 02:05 AM

No, The temp your garage gets is not cold enough to affect the steel in a bandsaw blade.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 02:15 AM

No, The temp your garage gets is not cold enough to affect the steel in a bandsaw blade.

- johnstoneb

Ditto that. Who made the blade? BS blades by nature need to be a softer steel to rotate around the wheels. That is why on a 3 wheel BS they have a tendency to break more often, too much flexing and being overworked.

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 02:22 AM

Starrett. I know it’s not the most top quality of blades, but don’t think they should be so brittle to just break by hand like that..

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#4 posted 11-30-2016 02:27 AM

I would be more concerned with the cold weather and effect on the bandsaw tires and maybe even the guides being stiff.

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#5 posted 11-30-2016 06:37 PM

I have a garage shop and have never had a blade brake like what you’ve described. Cheap blade will break but more often than not it at the weld due to poor set up. I would check out this video and see if will answer your question.

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 04:00 AM


I doubt a 45 degree garage caused the bandsaw blade to break. When my blade broke I did a little research and here is what I came up with as the common causes for breaking bandsaw blades.


Vermont American…

Integrated Publishing (not sure who these folks are)...

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