Step 2: Horizontal bandsaw
The speed of the machine is important to set, as thinner and less dense metals can be cut at faster speeds than thicker more dense metals. Most machines will have a chart located nearby to help you determine what speed your horizontal bandsaw should be set at. When in doubt, always set the bandsaw to a slower speed than required.
Once the saw speed has been determined the drop rate of the bandsaw needs to be set. The top of the machine is drawn down by gravity and is governed by a hydraulic piston. The piston resistance can be set to allow the top to fall fast or slow, depending on the thickness and type of material the saw is cutting. Read the nearby reference sheet specific to the machine you are using to determine what the drop speed of the bandsaw will be.
You're almost ready to begin! Before starting the machine become familiar with he emergency shutoff button, usually a red plunger style button. With your speed set, your metal strap to be cut clamped in, and one hand on the shutoff button you're ready to start cutting.
Cut the mild steel strap to a length of about 7", this portion of steel strap is called a blank.