Introduction: Operating the Bandsaw
The following outlines basic operation and etiquette for cutting and shaping parts on the bandsaw.
Step 1: Area and Machine Preparation
- Clean and clear the table.
- Make sure there is sufficient room around the saw for your workpiece.
- Turn on the dust collection.
- Have a push stick ready and within easy reach.
- Adjust the blade guard height.
- The height of the blade guide should be about ¼” above your material.
- The blade guard covers the blade and helps reduce the chance of injury
Step 2: Making the Cut
- Turn on the blade and wait for the saw to come up to speed.
- Slowly push the material into the blade.
- Experience will help determine the correct speed for the material, thickness, blade type and other variables.
- Keep at least one hand on the material; if blade is under strain, release forward pressure.
- Stay in control of the material until it is past the back of the blade.
- Turn off the blade, and use the brake to stop it.
Step 3: Cleanup
- Double check that the blade is not moving.
- Lower the blade guard all the way down.
- Brush off the table and clean up the area.
- Put scraps in the trash and reusable pieces in the storage bin in the wood shop.
Step 4: Print Out This Guide
This course is available as a PDF that is attached to this step. Enjoy the bandsaw safely!