Band saw blade Life

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Blog entry by Surfside posted 11-27-2012 03:13 PM 6254 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Wood workers are always playing with their tools and machine. But not literally

playing, of course. We tend to keep ourselves busy as much as possible in our shops

to make our projects, to create something new, to repair damaged furniture etc..And

after doing some hard work and when the day ends, we clean our messy shops for the

next day work. We clean our tools and machine because they are like our pets or

even like our best friends. That is why we take good care of them. I think, the most

expensive machine that I bought for myself is my band saw. And it has been very

helpful to me. I always clean it up and also my blades. It is important for me to

discuss the ways to ensure the band saw life. Proper maintenance of your band saw

blade is paramount to effectual sawing. I always make sure that my blade is

accurately set and properly sharpened. We always encounter problems with our band

saw blades and mostly of those are the following: inaccurate cut, stripping and

wearing well out of teeth, dulling of teeth and sometimes, if improperly used, will

lead to blade breakage. The reason why we encounter these problems because we

neglect some important rules in using our band saw blades like not installing the blade

correctly , wheel alignment is not properly set , faulty speed and feed rates , guides

are not badly placed or in the other words, we simply not using it right. There are

typical ways on how to strengthen your band saw blade life or to maintain the

efficiency of your band saw blades. These ways are: Break-in, tensioning, and


The main target of doing a proper break in of your band saw blade is to have a

uniform shape and spacing of saw teeth. It is very essential to know how to take

good care of the blades. This is actually one of the aspects that we overlooked of

caring our band saw blades. The aftereffect can be blade breakage. This can be

avoided by performing break in action.

The purpose of tensioning is to remove the unbalanced force distribution on the

table. It is a method of stretching the saw blade body in the inner area of the blade

to compensate for expansion of the band saw edges, due to heat buildup during

sawing. Blades should be tensioned properly to have straight cuts. Also, if saw blades

are not in use, reduce the tension. Please acknowledge that insufficient tension will

cause the saw blade to break , to flutter and to push the saw blade off or from the


To get the most out of your blade, it is important to sharpen it periodically. With

your band saw off, gently rub a sharpening stone along both sides of the blade.

Take care of band saw blades to lengthen its life. Additionally, when working with

power tools, safety is of utmost important thing to remember.

Have you encountered inaccurate cut, stripping and wearing well out of teeth, dulling

of teeth and blade breakage? If so, post what you think the reason why it happened

to your saw blade.
How do you take good care of your blades?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 06:18 PM

I never knew how to sharpen the blade thanks for the info.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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