Band Saw is not a really dangerous tool however any wood working machinery can prove to be dangerous if not handled and operated properly. Here in this page we have shared some of the important tips and instructions that you must consider when using band saw. These tips will keep user protected and will save you from any risk of injuries. Following these instructions, you will be able to make most out of your band saw.
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Gear Up for Safety
- Not only with band saw but with other tools of wood working too, you must wear safety glasses while using a band saw. This is important because blades of band saw rotate at a good speed and during operation it scatters small pieces of stock in different directions around your work place. These stock pieces may cause injury in absence of a safety glass. Even in worse situations, there is possibility that a band saw blade may break and a piece of it may be loosen. So you should not take risk of injury and must have a protection for your eye at all times with the use of a band saw.
- Another gear could be hearing protection. Though noise level of a band saw is not too much however if you are comfortable wearing ear protection like plugs or muffs, you should use them.
- Appropriate Clothing is most important when working with band saw. You must avoid clothes with loose fitting or long sleeved shirts or anything that may get caught in the band saw blade.
Instructions for Safe Use
Know your Band Saw and check every time you begin to use it:
Band Saws are tools that include a number of wheels, blocks and other important components that need to be in their proper place for ideal functioning of this tool. So before you begin to use your band saw, it is important that you must check these parts every time for any adjustments or replacements that may be required. You should follow instruction manual of your specific model of band saw in order to make appropriate decisions. Failing to do so may result in inappropriate functionality or may cause breaking up of blade or other wear and tear.
Also you must keep a check on blade tension and it should be according to the level identified by your manufacturer in manual. If the saw is adjusted appropriately and is at the right level of tension, you can use it over a piece of stock safely.
Handle Stock for Cutting with Care:
Before you introduce stock to your band saw, it is recommended that you wait for motor to reach full speed after startup. Stock must always be placed flat to the table during cutting operation and you should not have it free hand. Whatever cuts you are making, you should move the stock slowly. In case you need to get stock back out of the cut do not pull it but just hold it tightly with one hand and motor must be turned off. Wait for the blade to completely stop before attempting to remove the stock.
Personal Safety must be priority:
Make sure that you have your hands at a good distance from the blade at around 4 inches or so. You should slowly and gradually pass the stock through blade with one hand but never have it directly on the line of cut. If your task needs you to hold the stock closer than the desired distance, you should use a push stick. Do not try to reach over the tool as a dangerous accident may happen. If for instance you need to access power switch located on your left, you should use your left hand only.
Guards are placed for safety reasons and these serve as a barrier between the band saw and hands of users. If the guard is not in place or is not placed at a proper length and your hand slips, you may encounter with the band saw blade. Guards should be placed within 1/8” or 1/4” of the stock piece for appropriate cuts and safety.
Do not divert attention in the middle of a cut:
Make it clear to yourself and to others working around you. Do not leave your attention even for a second from band saw while performing a cut. You need to have close attention and there should be no distraction or interruption around you. This is for your own safety. If you need to talk to or interrupt someone using this tool, wait until the cut is finished and machine is stopped.
After Use Safety Instructions:
After you are done using band saw, you must turn it off. A band saw that is on and is left unattended may cause a serious accident to happen. Also make sure to clean the entire area for any left garbage in the form of wires, scrap stock, tools as this stuff lying on the floor can cause accident.
The instructions that we have shared here will make sure to keep user and surroundings safe however if in case any accident happens, you must be prepared with first aid to know how to deal with various injuries. Deep cuts must be properly attended as these can become really serious and may cause death if not dealt with promptly. Keep yourself safe by following all these instructions for proper and safe use of a band saw.