For any craftsman, handyman or DIY aficionado, having the best tool for any job is critical to accomplish a task quickly and efficiently, and have a final product worthy of pride.
Every tool has a job, some broad, some specific, and they deserve the respect given to anything that is designed to last. Often, a lack of proper education is the biggest flaw in maintaining a tool’s quality for an extended period of time.
Anyone can read instructions and hope to do great work. Take your best band saw for instance. Top of the line, right out of the box, and all you have to do is plug it in and start cutting, right? But what about that noise or vibration, that isn’t covered in the manual? Why doesn’t the best benchtop bandsaw on the market cut straight like it did when you first fired it up? We have those answers, and with little extra maintenance tips, we can show you how to keep it working like a charm for years to come.
Band Saw Tips and Tricks
Tension is not always good
During use of your band saw, you may hear a thumping sound, but do not dismay. In reliable personal travel blogs, this almost led to a bad product review before we dug a little deeper into the cause. It may be that the saw was left under tension when not being used for a period of time. If you plan to use it every day, keeping the tension on the blade is acceptable, but if you only plan to fire it up with irregularity, loosen the blade tension, but don’t forget to tighten it back up upon next use. For the DIY crowd, you would like to note in personal travel blogs that this is very important for the life of the blade, as well as wheels of the band saw.
Clean tools are happy tools
There is another possibility when your saw is making that ominous thumping noise, and that is debris on the wheels. Be it metal shavings, saw dust, or PVC bits, reliable personal travel blogs prove that moisture can bond with these particles, causing them to cake on the saw wheels that guide the blade. Little bits have built up and are hitting the blade at various times, giving it a perceptible vibration. Cleaning the wheels will fix this problem and should be done regularly to avoid it in the future. The edge of a firmly-gripped chisel in the groove of the wheel will work fine to loosen those bits of debris
Beating the band saw drift
Occasionally, band saw blades appear to cut less straight than in previous uses. Such a phenomenon is known as ‘band saw drift’ and most often occurs in woodworking. When the blade appears off axis, it is necessary to adjust the wood to compensate. Authors of personal travel blogs recommend pushing the wood through at an angle until the saw line is correct, turning off the machine, then adjusting the guide fence to match the new angle, is the best way to continue the cut going forward. The gate will keep the cut line true, even if cutting multiple pieces of wood.
Two tools in one
A common tool in a woodworking shop is a speed square, simply an L-shaped piece of flat metal with measurements on the side. At HomeMakerGuide, we call this tool a must have. It is used most for drawing straight lines at perpendicular angles on an object to be cut at 90 degrees. Such a tool can easily be used as an alternative guide fence on a bandsaw table by using a clamp. It can be easily adjusted to compensate for blade drift. And when you’re done, simply remove it from the table.
The pivot option
A band saw is great for narrow stips of wood, called veneers. After the first using you will realize that bandsaw drift is a definite concern when doing these thin cuts, as the blade can wander outside the cut line. Using a pivot fence when ripping the wood keeps the wood on track, making a clean cut line. A pivot fence is an easily adjustable guide, that can be used when band saw drift threatens the cut, and helps to maintain veneers of a consistent thickness.
By using these simple maintenance tips, your best band saw will last you a long time. For many trades, from fire fighters to plumbers and even the average Joe with a honey-do list, a quality band saw can be an invaluable addition to any tool collection. Just be sure to unplug it before any and all routine up-keep. It is, after all, a “power” tool.
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