It's importnat to keep your bandsaw well maintained and in good condition, as it is one of the most important tools within your workshop. It can cut the straightest lines, through the thickest materiels, and not only does it cut straight lines can create perfect curves and shapes with very little effort. Follow these tips for maintaining your bandsaw:
Regularly clean your machine-
As with any high performance machine, it is essential to remove any dust, grime, and build-up in order to allow all the different components to function correctly. Start by removing the wheel covers and blade.
Clean any dirt or grime with in the machine using a stiff-bristled brush. Vacuum up all the loose wood shavings and wipe the wheels and tires using a gentle cleaning solvent and warm water. It is also important to clean the vents to allow proper airflow.
Adjust Wheel Alignment-
to ensursure a clean cut and precise lines through any type of material, it is important to check that the wheels are fully aligned.
The belt that connects the wheels should hang in a vertical line on both sides, and you can check this by using
a spirit level. Use a straight edge to check if the wheels are coplanar with each other, and perform any changes if needed.
Replace worn out belts, tires and pulleys-
When checking the tires for wear and tear, it is important to ensure that each tire is slightly raised along the centre, as this will help to keep the blade in place during use. Check for any cracks or signs of stress, and if need be, replace the tire.
When checking the belt and pulley for any damage, turn the lower wheel by hand to check that it easily rotates. Assess the tension and alignment of the belt and adjust if necessary.
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