Band Saw

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We have three band saws in the shops set up for different kinds of work.

Rikon 14" Bandsaw

  • Model 10-325
  • Serial No. 12246Q0130

Manuals & Documents

Safety Classification




Band Saw Operation and Safety

Potential Hazards

  • Contact with the blade is the most common injury.
  • Extreme caution is needed because the operator’s hands may come close to the saw blade, and a saw blade cannot be completely guarded.
  • Getting loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair caught in moving parts.
  • Being hit, especially in the eyes, by debris flying from point of operation.
  • Contact with moving pulleys and belt.
  • Inhalation of dust and particles.
  • Dropping objects onto foot.
  • Electrical shock.

Specific Controls

  • DO NOT wear gloves while using the band saw.

Operating Precautions

  • Adjust blade guard height to about 1/8 inch above the top of the material being cut.
  • Ensure the blade is tracking correctly and runs freely in and against the upper and lower guide rollers.
  • Ensure the blade is under proper tension. A band saw equipped with automatic tension control is desirable.
  • Use band saw blades that are sharp, properly set and otherwise suitable for the job (e.g., the right tooth pitch; tooth form; blade width).
  • Hold stock firmly and flat on the table to prevent the stock from turning and drawing your fingers against the blade. Keep hands braced against the table.
  • Use a push stick or jig to keep fingers at a safe distance from saw blade (at least 3 inches).
  • Keep your hands on either side of the blade - not in line with the cutting line and the blade.
  • Make release (relief) cuts before tight curves when doing intricate scroll-type work.
  • Plan saw cuts to avoid backing out of curves in the stock.
  • If the blade comes out of the guides or breaks, stop the machine immediately by turning off the power. Do not open the access door to the machine until the wheels have come to a complete stop.
  • If the saw blade binds on a piece of stock, turn the saw off and wait until it comes to a complete stop before attempting to remove the blade from the stock.
  • Don’t cut stock that is not flat on the bottom without a jig.
  • Use “V” block for cylindrical stock.
  • Never clear small pieces while the blade is moving.
  • Never use your thumbs to push toward the blade.
  • Keep bystanders away from the right-hand area of the saw. Broken blades have a tendency to fly out to the right.
  • If blade breaks, shut machine off and stand clear until everything stops.
  • Turn machine off before backing out of stock.
  • Size of blade determines allowable radius. Do not twist or bend blade during cut.
  • Ensure dust collection is on and working (attach a shop vac if not hooked up to dust collection).

Current Status

Installed and operational. Available for use by trained users.

Operator Tips