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Forum topic by bobmayfield posted 03-07-2017 04:46 PM 693 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2017 04:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw safety bandsaw basics bandsaw set up bandsaw vintage bandsaw

I love my bandsaw and use it frequently, but it seems like no one ever mentions the potential dangers. I taught woodshop for 30 years and the only serious accidents I ever had were on the bandsaw. Each time it was because the user failed to follow one simple rule: ADJUST THE GUARD MECHANISM 1/4” ABOVE THE STOCK. Is it just me or does anyone else have this pet peeve?

If anyones’s interested I did a couple of videos:

-- Bob

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#1 posted 03-07-2017 05:42 PM

I could not agree more with you on this. It seems like every Youtube video I watch the top blade guide is several inches above the workpiece. Not only is this unsafe, it leads to inaccurate cuts. Used properly, the bandsaw is one of the safest tools in the shop.

Incidentally the most serious workshop accident I have personally seen was also on a bandsaw- the guy was sweeping away a tiny off-cut with the blade running…..well, you know where that is going.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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