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Band Saw Safety. Prevent an accident- be safe and smart!. Band Saw Information. Band Saws come in many different sizes and styles They are used to cut metals, woods, plastics, and foods. Band Saw Blade. Band saw blades are hooked facing downward towards the material you are cutting.

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band saw safety

Band Saw Safety

Prevent an accident-

be safe and smart!

band saw information
Band Saw Information
  • Band Saws come in many different sizes and styles
  • They are used to cut metals, woods, plastics, and foods
band saw blade
Band Saw Blade

Band saw blades are hooked facing downward towards the material you are cutting.

By design, band saw blades will hold the material you are cutting on the cutting table.

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Band Saw Safety
  • Your fingers needs to be at least 2” from the blade at all times.
  • Never allow your fingers into the red insert, the “Circle of Danger” while the saw is running.
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Lock Knob

On/Off Switch

Blade Guard

Table

Blade

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Band Saw Safety
  • You must make “relief cuts” whenever you are making “tight” or small curved cuts.
  • You must adjust the blade guard ¼” above the wood you are cutting. This is known as ‘The Pinky Rule”

Wood

adjust the blade
Adjust the blade…

1/4”

The Pinky Rule

…guard’s height to 1/4”

do not put hands
Do NOT put hands…

…in line with the blade

cut curves by
Cut curves by…

Step 1

…making relief cuts

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Cut curves by…

Step 2

…making relief cuts

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Feed the wood…

…evenly and slowly

review
Review
  • The band saw does two types of cutting, what are they?
    • Resawing and Irregular Shapes (curves)
  • How high should the blade guard be?
    • <1/4”, The Pinky Rule
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Review
  • Should the band saw be used to cut a small radius?
    • No, the blade may break
  • Should the blade be backed out of a long cut? Why?
    • No, the blade may break
safety rule 1
Safety Rule #1
  • Keep all guards in place.
  • Use the yellow lock knob to loosen the Guard and adjust correctly
safety rule 2
Safety Rule #2
  • Adjust the blade guards to within 1/8” to ¼” of the stock.
  • The Pinky Rule
  • Use the yellow lock knob to loosen the Guard
safety rule 2 continued
Safety Rule #2 - Continued
  • Blade guards that are over ¼ inch above the work will lead to accidents and reduces the accuracy of your cut.
  • This is UNSAFE!
safety rule 3
Safety Rule #3
  • Maintain the stock flat on the table.
safety rule 3 continued
Safety Rule #3 - Continued
  • Never hold the stock ‘above’ the table, the material must remain flat on the table surface at all times.
  • UNSAFE!
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Band Saw Safety
  • Never disturb anyone while they are operating the band saw.
  • Always clean up scrap wood when you are done on the band saw.
  • This is a 1 person machine. Observe the Power Tool Safety Area.
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Band Saw Safety
  • You must always wear safety glasses.
  • You must never use band saw without instructor permission.
  • If the band saw breaks, shut the machine off in the safest manner. Let the instructor know immediately.
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Danger Zone

  • The area directly to the right of the band saw is the danger zone
  • If the blade breaks, it may come out and injure some one
  • Immediately turn the machine off and move away