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How To Break-in a Bandsaw Blade

The “Break-in” process increases the service life of your blade.

Refer to our basic break-in procedure tips, and table information to ensure you break-in your blade correctly!

Basic Break-in Procedure

  1. Set band speed to the normal recommended S.F.P.M for the material.
  2. Reduce feed by 50% of the normal cutting rate. This is done to avoid damaging the extremely sharp blade teeth by micro-chipping due to excessive chip thickness.
  3. Determine the recommended square inches of the material to be cut at break-in from the table.
  4. Sometimes new saw blades are prone to vibrations or oscillating noises. If this happens you should reduce the cutting speed.
  5. Gradually increase the feed rate to normal over total break-in period.
  6. With small work piece dimensions, 300-500 cm² of the work piece cutting material should be cut during break in. When large work piece dimensions  are being cut we recommend a break in period of 15 min. After the start-up slowly increase the feed to the previously determined value.

Caution: During break-in period, it is very important that the band always produce chips. Increase the feed if needed to produce chips.

For Bi-Metal Blades

Recommended band speed (SFPM) 300 250 200 150 100 50
Sq. in. to cut for break-in 90 75 60 40 25 10

For Carbide Tipped Blades

Recommended band speed (SFPM) 300 250 200 150 100 50
Sq. in. to cut for break-in 110 95 75 50 35 15