Introduction: Adjusting the Bandsaw
Adjusting the Blade Guard and Guides
The blade guard helps to prevent contact with the exposed blade. Use it every time.
- Loosen the lock knob.
- Turn the handwheel to raise or lower the guard and guides.
- The blade guide should be 1/4" above the material being cut.
- Snug the lock knob.
Step 1: Blade Selection
Blades with more teeth per inch will cut more slowly than a blade with fewer teeth, but will make a nicer cut. Blades that are wider will cut a straighter line, but can’t cut small circles. The saw is usually equipped with a general purpose blade. The material needs to be thicker than three teeth of the band saw blade being used.
There are a variety of blades available; see Shop Staff for assistance, or refer to your bandsaw's manual on how to change the blade.