Band Saw Cutting: Tips for Blade Selection and Machine Settings

Selection of the correct blade for the correct material with a specific end goal to produce the best cut can be time consuming. The need to experience a great deal of trial and error will lead to frustration for the band saw operator and undesirable down-time for the whole shop.

To help make the selection process somewhat less demanding, pause for a minute to consider such things as the materials to be cut, the blade dimensions, speed and feed rates, cut quality, production, and the bandsaw machine settings.

Knowing the answers to these key components in any cutting operation will enable the selection process simpler and result in acquiring the best overall execution.

Consider the components used to make the saw blade 

On the off chance that the saw operator comprehend the different blade types available, how they were made, and their usage factors, deciding the correct blade for the materials on hand is accomplished.

Saw blade quality depends on blade type 

Blades differ in their ability to resist the heat produced while slicing and also the capacity to resist shock when entering and exiting the material amid the cutting procedure. This is particularly true for materials like structural, pipe, and tubing.

Carbon edges, similar to 101 and 201 series, are utilized for woodcutting and non-ferrous applications. This blade type is best for use in maintenance shops and for general purpose, low-volume cutting.

Bi-Metal saw blades are regularly alluded to as the everyday work horse. They are commonly utilized as a part of metal cutting like die and mold steel, stainless, nickel-based alloy, non-ferrous, some extraordinary metals, high hardness steels, and different solids.

Carbide Tipped blades are normally used to slice difficult-to-machine steels, high alloy metal, titanium, stainless steel, fiberglass, composite materials, abrasive woods, and the more exotic metals that a bi-metal edge can’t cut.

Utilize these blades if high production rates and additionally a good surface finish are required.

Know the recommended blade size for the bandsaw

Before buying, it is a smart move to consult the bandsaw machine’s operator’s manual to check the right size of blade for that machine.

For more information, on tips for blade selection, feel free to contact us at SJM™ Distributors. 

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