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Operating Tips for Woodworking Band Saw Blades

May 20, 2021

Sawmills produce many much-needed products for today’s world, catering to a wide variety of industries. The backbone of any sawmill are its bandsaws, outfitted with the best woodworking band saw blades to ensure straight and consistent cuts.

These blades are designed to go through hundreds of pieces every day, and as such over time they will become weaker and weaker due to wear and tear. With that said, there are plenty of measures you can take early on to prolong your blade’s lifespan.

How to properly operate and maintain your woodworking band saw blade:

1. Do not go too fast.

While it may be tempting to set all your bandsaws to the highest speeds possible to increase productivity, this is not the best idea for brand new blades. Give your blades some time to adjust on a moderate speed before increasing the speed. Every new product will need to have a break-in period before they start functioning at their optimal level.

2. Frequent maintenance.

It is not enough to simply repair your woodworking band saw blades only when you start encountering issues. Make sure you have a reasonable schedule of blade maintenance, which should involve visual inspections and cleaning. A poorly-maintained blade and saw will produce excessive noise and vibrations, which can cause inaccuracies in the cutting process, not to mention the nuisance it causes for your workers. Take some time every now and then to sharpen your blades as well in order to ensure their performance stays consistent.

3. Keep an eye on blade tension.

Working with a bandsaw does not end when the cutting process itself is done. When you are finished with cutting, make sure to release the blade’s tension to give it room to breathe. Many operators forget this step, causing the blade to stay in that tight and taut state for too long, which will eventually result in cracks. Cracks are not reparable, and if there are too many you will simply have to replace your blade. 

At Industrial Bandsaw Services, we are proud to supply some of the best blades for the woodworking industry, supplied from the renowned manufacturer Kasco. For more information on our products, check out our website!