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.
Band Saw Safety Fundamentals:
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
1. What determines the size of the band saw?
2. What distance, from the blade, should you always keep
3. What is the distance between the blade and the arm called?
5. What is the proper distance between your
work and the upper blade guide?