Vertical Bandsaw Class
Lesson 4: Operating the Vertical Bandsaw
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Introduction: Operating the Vertical Bandsaw

The following outlines basic operation and etiquette when making cuts on the vertical band saw.

Area and Machine Preparation

  1. Clean and clear the table.
  2. Make sure there is sufficient room around the saw for your workpiece.
  3. Have a push stick ready and within easy reach.
  4. 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.

Making the Cut

  1. Turn on the blade and wait for the saw to come up to speed.
  2. Adjust the speed, according to the chart.
  3. Slowly push the material into the blade.   
    • Experience will help determine the correct speed for the material, thickness, blade type and other variables.
  4. Keep at least one hand on the material; if the blade is under strain, release forward pressure.
  5. Stay in control of the material until it is past the back of the blade.
  6. Turn off the blade, and wait for it to stop.


  1. Double check that the blade is not moving.
  2. Lower the blade guard all the way down.
  3. Brush off the table and clean up the area.
  4. Recycle scraps and put reusable pieces in the storage bin in the metal shop.

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This course is available as a PDF that is attached to this step. Enjoy the bandsaw safely!

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