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Proper use of a Stationary Band Saw

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Proper use of a Stationary Band Saw

The Band Saw is a machine designed to cut material to a desired length or contour. It functions by drawing a blade containing cutting teeth through the workpiece. The sawing machine is faster and easier than hand sawing and is used principally to produce an accurate square or mitered cut on the workpiece.

The power hacksaw and the bandsaw are two common types of sawing machines used to cut metal in the machine shop. The power hacksaw uses a reciprocating (back and forth) cutting action similar to the one used in a hand hacksaw. The power hacksaw is used for square or angle cutting of stock.
The powered band saw uses a continuous band blade. A drive wheel and an idler wheel support and drive the blade. If horizontal type; the blade is lowered onto the material to be cut. If it is a vertical bandsaw, the piece is fed into the blade.

Read and understand the warnings and instructions on the band saw and in the owner/operators manual.

Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields
complying with current national standard, and a full face shield
when needed. Use a dust mask in dusty work conditions.

Do not wear gloves, loose clothing, jewelry or any dangling objects that may catch in rotating parts or accessories. Tie back long hair.

Don't use the saw with tools, debris or objects of any kind other than the work piece on the table.

Select the correct blade for the job. Be sure it is properly installedand aligned, and correctly tensioned.

Check the blade tension regularly and carefully. This helps prevent blade breakage.

Adjust the upper guide of the saw so it just clears your work piece.

Use a holding device for small work pieces.

Don't force material through the saw. It can cause binding of the work piece. Do not force curved cuts with too small a radius for the width blade being used. This will also cause unnecessary binding and possible blade breakage.

Provide adequate light for safe cutting.

Keep your hands away from the blade. Use a push stick to free
the work. Never place your fingers in line with the blade. Be sure blade guides and thrust bearings are properly adjusted.

Allow the blade to come to a complete stop before removing
scrap stock from the table Be attentive to thin cut off pieces
hitting the end of the slot in the insert, or jamming in the slot.