Buying The Right Blade For Your Bandsaw


Working with power tools in your shop can make the projects you are doing easier and speed up some of the work. A bandsaw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but you need to have the right bandsaw blades for the material you are working with and the machine you are using.

Blade Size

Bandsaw blades come in many different lengths and widths, so when you choose a blade for your saw, you need to get the right one. Most bandsaws have a chart on them with information about the blade that fits the saw, but if yours does not, the owner's manual should have the information. 

If you buy the wrong bandsaw blades, you may not be able to get the blade on the saw, or it may not tension properly. A saw with a blade that does not fit right can be extremely dangerous to use, so if you can't find the information you need, take the old blade off the saw and take it to a home center or tool store, along with the make and model of the saw and see if they can help you match up the blade. 

Blade Types

Bandsaws can be used to cut metal, wood, plastics, and many other materials, but they need to have the right blade for the job. Bandsaw blades are made to cut specific materials, so finding the right one for your project can be critical.

Having several bandsaw blades in your shop that you can interchange when you need to can be a good option. If you need something specific for a material you don't typically cut, you may need to go to the local home center to get one. Often you can use metal blades with fine teeth on plastics like PVC, but it is a good idea to do a test cut on some scrap to make sure it is going to work. 

Once a bandsaw blade starts to get dull, it can be hard to work with and is more likely to break. If you notice the saw blade not cutting as well as it used to, or if it is getting hot and burning the material you are cutting, it is time to replace the bandsaw blade with a new one. 

Installing A New Blade

Bandsaws always cut in a downward direction, so the bandsaw blade's teeth need to be pointed down. This allows the blade to handle larger materials, and it puts all the cutting force on the table of the saw. When installing a new blade on the saw, make sure it is oriented correctly and follow the direction on the inside cover of the saw to ensure everything works correctly and the saw is safe to use. 

Talk to a supplier to learn more about potential blades, such as a Lenox bandsaw blade.


2 February 2021

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