Safety Guidelines General
Procedures For all Power tools
1. Eye protection meeting current ANSI safety standards must be worn at all times while anyone is working in the lab.
2. Never make any adjustments to a machine while it is running.
3. Never walk away while a machine is still in motion. For example, when you turn the band saw off, the
blade continues to move.
Disconnect electrical power when changing blades, bits, etc. or anytime an injury could occur if the machine is accidentally
turned on. Generally this requires that the machine be unplugged or the circuit breaker turned to the off position.
Saw General Information
The band saw is a general purpose saw that is useful for cutting curved or irregular shapes as well as straight cuts.
The saw name comes from the long steel blade that is welded at the ends to form one continuous band. The size of a band saw
is usually determined by the size of the wheels that rotate the blade. The distance between the blade and arm is another important
dimension. This is often called the throat.
Fences, miter-gauges, and various other jigs and fixtures make the band
saw one of the most universal power tools. Band saws can be outfitted with blades for various uses and materials. Although
the band saw is often used for general work, narrow blades with fine teeth can be used for delicate work. Generally, the thickness
of a blade is related to the number of teeth per inch.
1. Set the upper blade guide so that it is approximately 1/8" above the stock to be cut.
2. Never place your hand
or fingers directly in line with the blade.
3. Do not place your fingers closer than two inches from the blade.
Saw Safety Quiz Questions
What determines the size of the band saw?
2. What distance, from the blade, should you always keep your fingers?
What is the distance between the blade and the arm called?
5. What is the proper distance between your work and the upper
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Belt and Disk Sander