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Intro

The noisebridge band saw is a mixed use saw (see safety tip below) for cutting straight cuts in projects that can fit into it's short neck form. This tool doesn't preform scrolling cuts without patience and plenty of backing off to prevent the blades from twisting and breaking.

Use a blade with TPI, width,and blade material that are appropriate for your cutting material.

The Band_Saw

SEARS 1/3 HP 10" Bandsaw, 56-1/8" blade, 1/8 - 1/4 inches wide.

Blades have 3 descriptive dimensions and a blade material, length, width, and TPI or teeth-per-inch. Different blade materials enhance cutting at different speeds and extend the life of the blades.

http://www.toolcenter.com/BLADES_TO_SIZE.html

Broken Blades

If you broke a blade, replace it by counting the TPI and width and purchasing a replacement according to the specs. Cost: less than $11.00

Shop Safety with the Band_Saw

just a shop safety note regarding cutting metal in stationary tools... the shavings that come off the metal piece being cut (yes, even aluminum) are HOT. In a stationary tool that has been used on wood, there is typically a nice big thick bed of sawdust inside the tool. When the metal shavings fall into this bed of sawdust, an awesome smoldery fire can build up sight unseen inside of the tool. yay! Especially if you have a dust collection system you can get some pretty spectacular results this way.

Be aware of this phenomenon. When possible it is best to have two separate dedicated tools... and/or if one is going to be transfered over into metal service the inside should be vacuumed out first, and/or the operator should check inside the machine when they are done.

Manual

The band saw manual is online here:

 http://www.hammerwall.com/Download_Manual/44547/
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