Tips for Maintaining a Bandsaw

A bandsaw can be one of the most useful tools you have at your disposal as long as it is properly maintained. Periodic maintenance not only helps you to keep the tool in working order but also helps you to detect issues and correct them before the quality of the saw is impacted. To help keep your bandsaw in good condition, here are some maintenance tips to use.  

Inspect and Replace the Bandsaw Tires

One of the most important parts of the bandsaw are the tires. The tires of the bandsaw help to keep the wheel of the saw from touching the blade. The result is that the blade remains undamaged while the wheel is able to continue its operation. 

To get the best tire for your saw, opt for a custom rubber. The rubber has several advantages to it over other materials. For instance, rubber is durable with care, and rubber tires are relatively easy to install. Even though you have to use glue to install the tires, installation still takes a short period of time.  

If you are opting for the custom rubber, ensure you have the right measurements for your tires. Refer to your owner's manual for the recommended sizing. You can provide this to the manufacturer for the right specifications. 

Lubricate the Blade

Regardless of the type of material you are cutting, your bandsaw's blades need to be lubricated. Lubrication keeps the blade moving smoothly and helps to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your blade.  

There are several lubricants available that should work with your bandsaw, including vegetable-shortening spray and kerosene oil. Refer to your owner's manual to determine which lubricant is best for your bandsaw. You can apply the lubricant while your bandsaw is operating. Doing this helps to ensure that the lubricant is evenly spread and that all parts are lubricated. 

Sharpen the Blade

When your blade is dull, it is more likely to drift while using it. To get better control over your saw and to prevent accidental cuts, take the time to sharpen your blade occasionally. You can use a sharpening stone to get the sharpness needed.  

When sharpening the blade, pay close attention to the rear edges. Use a finer-grit stone to improve the blade's cuts around tight curves. If the blade is worn, consider replacing it with a newer blade. Blades are inexpensive compared to the price of attempting to repair a material that was improperly cut. 

Talk to a company such as Accurate  Products Inc. for more information.