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Invest the time to do your research and make a wise decision. A bandsaw is more versatile than it appears at first glance. The bandsaw is one of those specialty power tools that does a job that no other tool can do as well. In the case of the bandsaw that job happens to be cutting detailed and accurate curves in wood or metal. The fact of the matter is a good bandsaw has more uses than simply cutting curves. In a home shop it can be used for: resawing thin strips from larger pieces of wood ripping small pieces of stock even cutting tenons and some rabbets However once you start looking at the options you realize that there are a variety of styles and sizes available. So... how to choose the best model for your needs? Bandsaw Type These saws fall into two main categories: floor stand models (also called cabinet models) and bench top models. The floor stand models generally larger in size are what you would probably find in professional shops.
If you want to resaw a piece of material you need an aggressive blade. The wider a blade width is the more stability you will get and the more straight the cut will be. A more narrow blade will give a tighter cut that is perfect for a more detailed project. As a rule of thumb use the widest blade your project can handle. This adds safety to your project. As is obvious safety should always be your first concern. While you want a good and proper job to be done you also need to make sure you use the proper bandsaw blade. Only with the proper bandsaw blade can you be assured of your safety but also the more proper a bandsaw blade is for the task at hand the better the cut. Despite the relative simplicity of changing the blades on our miter and circ saws not all upkeep procedures for our woodworking equipment are created equally.
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The full tooth has three cutting edges. It has the top or leading edge and the two sides. The tooth load is created by all edges that cut wood. The tooth width on these type blades are usually twice the width of the body. For instance if the body is.042 then the tooth is usually created to be at least.084. So each tooth is cutting a kerf (path) through the log at least.084. The sides of the tooth are also cutting and adding tooth load. All of the cutting load is distributed into the gullet and most of the stress is at the narrowest place of the band which is the deepest part of the gullet. The body is pulling the tooth through the cut and the tooth is under load and is pried backward in micro amounts and the steel molecules at the narrowest part of the gullet are being stretched and being put under great stress. The bandsaw steel is for basic understanding a spring or spring steel. I say this because it has the ability to stretch a certain distance and return to its original shape.