A band saw is an incredibly useful and versatile tool, and it is an essential part of most workshops. Our team at Farris Belt & Saw Company has extensive experience in using, servicing, and converting band saws, so you can rest assured that we know how to take excellent care of band saw blades.
In this article, we’ll go over a few key steps to take in order to keep your band saw blades in great condition.
- Use Appropriate Materials – One of the worst things you can do to a band saw blade is use it to cut a material it wasn’t designed for. Using a blade designed for wood to cut metal, for instance, will dull the blade and significantly reduce its lifespan. To ensure your blades last as long as possible, only use them for the appropriate materials.
- Check the Tension – Another thing you can do to maximize the lifespan of your band saw blades is check the tension regularly. If the tension is too high, it will prevent the blade from cutting effectively, and if it’s too low, then the blade will become unstable. Keeping your blade at the ideal tension level will deliver better results and make your blade last as long as possible.
- Sharpen Regularly – The third tip we’ll cover here is to keep your band saw blades sharp. When a saw blade gets dull, it can’t cut effectively, and the motor has to apply more force to get it to achieve results. This in turn puts more stress on the blade and causes it to wear out faster. Keeping your blade sharp will allow you to avoid this unnecessary wear and tear.