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How to Use a Bandsaw

August 23, 2018 2 min read

The bandsaw is an incredibly versatile machine with many uses for woodwork and metalwork. Bandsaws can perform a variety of tasks and the good news is that they are compact and sturdy machines that won’t take up too much room.

Below we explore what a bandsaw is, how to use the machinery, top tips and also the features to look out for when buying a bandsaw.

What is a Bandsaw?
In simple terms, the bandsaw is a saw that has a sharp and long continuous blade of metal. This toothed metal is stretched between two wheels that rotate at speed, allowing you to cut through wood, metal, plastic and other materials. Bandsaws come in a variety of different tooth settings, gauges and widths.

The bandsaw is used for cutting a variety of materials. This can be done quickly when you need to cut precisely through a lot of wood or metal. You can cut straight lines, curves, circles, blocks and irregular shapes with the bandsaw. It can also be used for resawing lumber into thin strips of wood. It really is a practical and versatile cutting machine.

Bandsaw Tips
Using a bandsaw does take time and skill, especially if you are a novice. For example, always replace dull blades. If a blade has become dull, then you must replace it before cutting. A dull blade will result in a slower cut, difficulty in cutting and burning. It could also damage the bandsaw.

When you use a bandsaw it will leave marks on the wood or metal. You therefore need to leave extra material when cutting, which can then be smoothed down to be saw mark free. Always cut on the outside edge, and if you’re a beginner, allow for extra material in case of mistakes.

If you take rest breaks while using the bandsaw then always release the tension. Doing so will prolong the life of your saw blade. Constantly using tension will lead to blade fatigue which can cause the blade to break.

It’s a good idea to get into the practice of regularly checking your bandsaw before every use. Check the blocks and wheels for any wear and tear, and adjust accordingly. Regular checks will help to extend the life of your bandsaw and keep you safe.

Features to look out for

  • Blade tension indicator for precision cutting
  • Upper and lower blade guides help with precision
  • Cast iron flywheel and rubber coating reduce noise and increase safety
  • Blade tension indicator for precision cutting
  • A tilting table for accuracy
  • A side table for operator comfort

Here at Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery we have a range of professional bandsaws that are suitable for all work environments.