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Setting Up A Bandsaw

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Most of the problems with bandsaw machines are caused because it is not set up properly.  I have found a video that explains clearly how the machine should be set up. It covers all the different aspects of setting the bandsaw up with some clear visuals. I hope this helps you all.

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Blade Sharpening

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 4:15 AM

Just lately I seem to have had a lot of people asking quesions about when blade sharpening needs to be done. I can look at the blade and feel the teeth and tell you if it is blunt, but it is much more important that users learn when the edge has gone off of their blades.

Blade sharpening is one of the smaller expenses you will have, so why try to save money on it by leaving a blunt blade in use?  Blunt blades will over-heat and that can damage the blade...

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How long does my band need to be?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I am amazed at how many customers do not know how long their band needs to be! Write it down somewhere please!!!

You can calculate the length of band needed with some simple measurements and maths. First adjust the wheels so they are close to the middle of their adjustment range. Measure the radius of the first wheel and multiply by 3.1416. Measure the radius of the second wheel and multiply by 3.1416. Measure the dist...

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How do I recoil a band for storage?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Ask me to show you next time I visit – it’s quite simple when you know

How do I know if I am using the correct feed rate?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Whilst this is important for all types of material being cut, I will focus on metals because they seem to cause the most problems.

Chips are the pieces of material that have been cut away and can be the best clue to incorrect feed rates. If they are powdery, then increase the feed rate. If they have a blue colour (burnt) then decrease the feed rate. If they are free-curling and not discoloure...

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Does my new band really have to be 'run in'?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Yes it does ! Most bands are accurately heat treated and have an extremely sharp cutting edge and if you want to keep it that way for the longest time possible then it needs running in. To do this reduce the feed pressure by about one third of normal for the first 500square cm of cutting. While doing this it is important not to reduce the band’s surface speed and to avoid vibration, shock or mechanical abuse. In otherwords, slow and s...

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How do I set up the guides on my verticle machine?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:25 AM

First thing to do before you try to set up your guides is to get the band tension set properly. Then it is simple – just move the back and side guides so they just touch the band without deflecting it from the path it wants to follow naturally.

Why do my bands crack?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:15 AM

This is often due to incorrect tension of the band. Correct tension is vital if you want to get the best life from a band. I cannot stress this enough. Generally speaking, the band should be tensioned so it does not slip while it is working. Your manufacture’s manual will give you detailed information about this.

From time to time, it may be necessary to make adjustments for band stretch. And something that most ...

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