What You Need to Know to Choose the Right Bandsaw Blades
Bandsaw blades are manufactured using incredibly precise processes, with every aspect of the blade’s construction carefully tailored to fit specific applications. As such, you will find that there are many different kinds of bandsaw blades out there, and even within a specific model, there will be other factors to take into consideration such as length, teeth per inch and width.
It is necessary to understand how bandsaw blades are constructed in order to determine which one will suit you best.
First, let us identify the most common types of bandsaws and which applications they are made for. Generally, industrial warehouses, fabricators and operators of steel mills or cutting businesses will be most familiar with the following bandsaw blade types: bi-metal blades, carbide blades and flexible carbon blades.
These are strong bandsaw blades that are made to cut metals and alloys including steel. The main differences among these blades is in their construction:
Bi-metal bandsaw blades have tooth tips that are constructed from a high speed steel while its body is constructed from a spring steel. This is where its name, bi-metal, comes from.
Carbide blades have carbide teeth. This strong material is paired with a spring steel body to allow for flexibility.
Flexible carbon blades are made from carbon steel, which is widely known for its durability and consistency.
After choosing the blade type you want, you will then need to specify its dimensions and teeth per inch. Length and width are both important considerations for a blade’s effectiveness for particular applications. Your blade’s measurements will need to match the specifications of your bandsaw machine. Generally, wider blades will be able to withstand greater feed pressures. Make sure you also acquire the right kind of bandsaw machine for your needs.
Finally, you can decide on the teeth of your blade. The first thing to note is teeth per inch, which is the measurement used to determine how spaced apart the teeth on your blade are. The closer they are together, the more capable they will be of cutting harder materials. Then, you can also decide on tooth form and pitch, which refers to the shape or type of teeth. Common styles include skip, hook and triangle teeth.
The experts at Industrial Bandsaw Services will always be glad to offer you the guidance you need in choosing the right products for your business. Call us today to learn more about our products and services!