It doesn't matter how well you maintain your bandsaw, you will eventually have to replace your worn-out bandsaw blades. There are things that you can do to extend the life of your blades, such as a good cutting technique, but the bandsaw blades will wear out. Sometimes it can be a little bit intimidating when you try to replace your blades at first. It is a straightforward procedure that is easy to do if you know how to go about it. Here are a few steps that you can take to replace your blades properly.
These types of blades are difficult to repair. Your blade can be cracked, have missing teeth or be dull. You are just better off replacing the blade. The new blades are coiled up tightly. They are safe to handle this way, but it can be hard to open the blade without it cutting you. You can avoid this by putting on eye protection and gloves. Make sure you are completely covered with a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. The blade should be held together to keep it from opening. Then cut the ties holding it together. You need to throw the blade outside as far away from you as you can and allow it to uncoil on its own.
Preparing the Saw
Turn your bandsaw off and disconnect it from any power sources before you do anything. There are two blade guides on your bandsaw, which you need to loosen. The tension on the old, worn-out blade will need to be released, which is what the tension wheel is used for. The old blade can be removed safely after this is done, and you can roll it into a coil and tie it up as well.
Replacing the Blade
Your new blade can be installed at this point. Utilize the guide bearings to hold the new blade in place. The tension needs to be tight while holding the saw in place. When you no longer have to hold it still, your saw blade is in place correctly. Next, you can tighten it fully. Reverse the steps to begin using the blade saw again.
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