Maintaining the Performance of Your Bandsaw Blades
Extending the lifespan of your bandsaw blades is not just about operating and using them correctly. You also have to undertake frequent preventative maintenance measures to ensure that your bandsaw blades are always in good condition. Preventative maintenance allows you to catch issues with your blade early on, so that you can quickly plan for replacement and repair procedures without interfering with the day-to-day of your operations.
While preventative maintenance procedures can often be undertaken by professional technicians, there are other kinds of inspection and maintenance activities that your crew can perform on their own. These procedures are to make sure everything goes as planned during a cutting operation. They are also for the safety of your workers—a blade that is in bad shape can lead to mishaps.
In today’s blog, we share some tips on the best practices needed to keep bandsaw blades in good working order.
1. Always Test Your Blades
Bandsaw blades must be tested thoroughly for the first time before being put to frequent use. This process is also known as running in or bedding in a blade. This procedure must be performed on brand new blades to ensure they are well-adapted to the cutting conditions. Typically, operators will run the bandsaw at a slower rate and feed force than usual. Spare cutting material will then be cut to help the blade get used to the material. While this is a necessary procedure for new blades, you should also take care to perform blade testing every now and then, especially if you have decided to cut a different kind of material.
2. Blade Tension Is Key
Blade tension is one of the most important factors for its performance. Bandsaw blades that are too tight or too loose will not perform as required. Check the tension frequently and adjust accordingly. Then, run the bandsaw for a quick test to check that the tension is not just visually correct but also correct for the bandsaw’s applications.
3. Apply Lubricant or Coolant As Needed
Bandsaws require the use of lubricants or coolants, or both. Notice that the tip says to apply lubricants or coolants as needed. This means that these fluids must be used whenever needed, but should not be over-applied. Furthermore, you must use the correct kind of lubricant or coolant product for your bandsaw. Using random products can lead to machine failure.
If you follow these steps and operate your bandsaw correctly, you can be assured that your bandsaw blades will remain in good shape. If you experience any difficulties with your machine or blades, make sure to contact the appropriate service providers, such as Industrial Bandsaw Services, to help you properly deal with the issue.