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Things need considering when selecting a band saw blade

When choosing a band saw, we always try our best to read and study a huge list of band saw reviews to find out the best band saw. However, no matter how well we use or maintain it, not matter how good the band saw blades are, they will wear out. As the result, we need to change them with the new one.

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However, which is the best type of blade for your band saw? Don’t worry about this question; here is the answer for you.

  1. Safety tips about saw accessories

First of all, you need to consider safety as the top priority things in your mind when working with band saw. On portable saws, a self-retracting guard will be a good component to help you close over the blade as it cuts. This will be a plus point for the band saw. If you use an aluminum or magnesium guard, an abrasive blade will be the best choice for you.

For the circular band saw, you should pay attention the kickback of the saw. You need to make sure that the blade is sharp and clean enough to prevent the blade from becoming pinched the saw from lifting up out of the work pieces.

Therefore, before choosing a band saw, you need to have a check at the band saw reviews to choose the best one for yourself.

Also, heat is an important problem while performance. Please never let the saw overheat and never take the blade out of the material when it’s working.

  1. Carbide-Tipped Saw Blades

This is one of many saw blade types. This is circular one that will be suitable for plywood or hardwood. If you want to use durable one, this is a good choice for you. For more information, this type is 10 times longer than the normal blades.

  1. Combination Blades

One of the most popular circular blades is combination blades. However, it should not be used to the performance with smooth finish. This type is suitable for cross cutting, ripping and mitering not only soft wood, but also hardwood and plywood.

  1. Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels

If you are finding a blades to cut ferrous metals, masonry, glazed materials or ceramic tile, this will me the a suitable one. However, this should be used with the saw including aluminum or magnesium guard.

  1. Diamond Blades

This is a different types of blade. It includes circular steel discs and diamond-bearing edge. It is usually used to cut materials such as tile, marble, slate, limestone.

  1. Plywood Blades

As the name, this blade is suitable to cut plywood. Plywood blades is a circular one including small teeth in order to resist the splintering and abrasion during the performance.

  1. Dado Head Blade

This blade type includes 2 small and thicker than normal circular outside and the cutter inside. This Dado Head Blade is good to cut grooves or slots across boards in the table saws.

  1. Sabre Saw Blades

If you find a blade with high speed to cut metal, fiberglass or thin plastics, this is a good one.  Made of carbon steel, this Sabre saw blades are usually used for cutting most woods and some plastics.

  1. Reciprocating Saw Blades

This is also made of carbon steel. However, it is used for soft woods and plastics. If it’s made of carbon-tipped, it will be suitable for brittle and easily broken material such as nail-free wood, nonferrous metal, plastic, and fiberglass.

  1. Rip Fences

This is a component that will guide the circular saw and let them to rip large sheets. The rip fences are usually fit a specific saw brand and model. Therefore, you need to check the band saw reviews carefully to have the best band saw for yourself.

Here are the basic things you should keep in mind when selecting a band saw blade. Besides, there are more components you should pay attention to choose the right one for your work.

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Types of the band saw blade and general rules for usage

The band saw blade is one of the main parts of the band saw and it has the most important influence on machining workpieces. Depending on your job’s requirements, you can choose different types of blades. There are four main types with particular tooth patterns: regular tooth, hook tooth, skip-tooth and wavy-set. Now, I will explain clearly about these kinds of saw blades.

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Regular tooth

The regular tooth consists of straight faced tooth with deep gullets. It is used for general metal cutting.

Hook tooth

The hook tooth saw blade is created with widely spaced teeth and deep gullets, it is used to cut some soft materials such as plastics, non-ferrous metals, and hardwoods.

Skip tooth

The skip-tooth, with wide set teeth, often breaks up the chips. It is suitable for cutting soft non-ferrous metals namely aluminum, copper, zinc.

Wavy-set

When using to cut some kinds of metals such as ferrous metals, you should choose a wavy-set blade.  The wavy-set has tooth which are set in groups with increasing to left and right. It is generally used for cutting difficult cutting shapes such as sheets, tubes, pipes and small shapes.

GENERAL RULES FOR USAGE

Even for the best band saw, there are some rules you need to follow to have the best effectiveness and works safely.

  1. Before cutting, you need to check that the band saw blade is properly sharpened and the blade damaged or not when it is overheating. The saw blade is purple color after cooling.
  2. The band saw blade must be properly straightened. Remember that do not straighten the blade too much because this can cause disruption of the blade.
  3. The guidance of blade and guiding wheels must be clean from chips. The distance between the top guidance and the workpieces should be as possible so that the blade achieves maximum stability when cutting.
  4. When cutting the workpieces, you should hold the cutting material with both hands. Do not use extra force on the blade.
  5. After starting, ensure that the proper cutting speed is achieved. Do not shorten or slow down the cutting cycle by friction of the blade.
  6. While cutting big dimensions, it is important to use a fixed clamp. Put materials in the band saw carefully.
  7. It is necessary to replace the band saw blade and regular maintenance (even if not dull). A new saw blade need to fit for your machine.
  8. Do not let the band saw to heat up exceeding the permitted level. If this happens, stop cutting the blade immediately and after cooling the saw blade and sharpen it again. You can also check the straightness to prevent heating from the blade.
  9. Replace or adjust the band saw blade if it is broken or cracked.
  10. After finishing cutting process, do not keep the band saw blade straightened, need to loosen it.
  11. During cutting process, the saw blade must be cooled immediately after machining materials.
  12. Use suitable coolants for the machine with the appropriate rate.

Here is basic information about the blades and some best tips for usage. Besides, you can also check more extra details in the band saw reviews. I hope that they are useful for you in using the band saw.