BANDSAW WORKSHEET


A. Parts Identification:



B. Safe Operational Procedures:

  1. Adjust the upper guard and guide about 1/8" to 1/4" above material to be cut.
  2. Select the proper blade width. No cutting radius should be too small for the blade.
  3. Keep blades sharp and properly set. If blade leads to one side, it may be dull, unevenly set or a guide may be improperly set. Blade guides should be snug but not tight against the blade (paper thickness on each side).
  4. Teeth on the blade should point down or in direction of travel of blade.
  5. Check tension of the blade frequently. Make adjustments as necessary. Check adjustments of blade by hand-turning the band wheels.
  6. Adjust band saw blade so that it will run on the center of the wheels and straight through the guides.
  7. When not cutting, the blade should run 1/2" of an inch ahead of blade support wheel. If the rear edge of blade runs on the wheel, it will become case hardened and possibly break.
  8. Be sure work is free of nails, paint, and obstructions.
  9. Mark the material clearly so that you can see lines at a reasonable distance.
  10. Plan your cuts, lay out and make "release" cuts before approximately 3000 feet per minute for wood.
  11. Do not start cut until saw is running at full speed.
  12. Feed the stock into the saw slowly and only as fast as the saw will take it readily.
  13. If freehand sawing, use one hand to guide the work and the other to push work into the saw.
  14. Do not force or twist the wood into the blade so as to produce excess stress on the blade.
  15. If the stocks binds or pinches the blade, do not attempt to back out until the power has been shut off and the machine stops.
  16. Always turn off the machine before the blade is backed of a cut.
  17. Use the fence guide bar or miter gage when sawing straight lines.
  18. The table should be tilted for making bevel cuts.
  19. Cylindrical stock should be mounted in a holding device to keep it from spinning and crowding the blade.
  20. Removing all scraps and chips from the table with a brush only when the power is off and the blade is stopped.

C. General Safety Practices:

  1. Keep all guards in place at all times.
  2. Get someone to assist you in operations which are not safety handled alone.
  3. Make all adjustments with the power off and blade stopped.
  4. Be sure saw is properly grounded.
  5. Keep hands a safe distance from moving parts, never closer than 2" from the blade.
  6. Use a push block when sawing small stock.
  7. Never reach around a moving blade.
  8. When making a cut, do not place your hand in line with the cutting edge.
  9. Never attempt to remove small pieces of wood from near the blade while the saw is running.