Category:Vertical Band Saws -- Wood Cutting

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Vertical Band Saws -- Wood Cutting

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RubricVertical Band Saw Rubric
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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • ABSOLUTELY NO gloves, rings, bracelets, or other items on your hands or fingers, as these may get sucked into the saw blade
  • An attached vacuum is required for bandsaws used in the woodshop

Safe Operation

  • Always cut workpieces that are resting on the worktable – no ‘free hand’ cutting of work in air
  • Adjust the blade guard to cover the blade down to 1⁄4” above the work to be cut
  • DO NOT attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running. Only clear the blade and table of loose pieces of lumber after the blade has come to a complete stop
  • If the saw starts slowing down or making excessive noise, reduce cut pressure and/or cut turning radius
  • Clamp all round pieces to V-blocks or miter gauges before attempting to cut them on a bandsaw, to prevent them from rolling
  • Push workpieces through the saw by applying pressure on both sides of the workpiece. Use miter gauges or push sticks to guide material through the bandsaw on the side closest to the blade
  • DO NOT push on the workpiece along the bandsaw’s line of cut
  • Adjust the tilt of the table by loosening the table tilt lock, tilting the table to the desired angle, and tightening the table tilt lock

Common Maintenance Operations

  • None. Please see an instructor or a staff member if a blade breaks or jumps off the drive wheels, or if you need to install a new blade.
  • Good video on blade change and adjustment.

Allowable Materials

  • Allowable materials are dependent on the shop the bandsaw is in; wood and plastic are allowed in the wood shop, while metal and plastic are allowed in the metal shop
  • Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • No moldy or wet wood
    • No treated/painted/finished wood
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions
    • No fiberglass

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