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- Bandsaw Blades
- The Answers You Were Looking for When Troubleshooting Your Bandsaw Blade
At BladeTec Industrial Supply we do our best to ensure that all of our customers are satisfied and completely familiar with the bandsaw blades they purchase from us. Nonetheless, things can still go wrong when performing your cut. Our blog today is intended to help you troubleshoot any of your bandsaw difficulties and/or avoid common mistakes through proper care. Of course, if you need further assistance please do not hesitate to contact our team. BladeTec is here to help!
1. Stripping Teeth
Stripping the teeth of your bandsaw blade is a common problem that can occur, a few of the reason that teeth may be stripped are as follows:
• The blade has too many or too few teeth in the cut
• The tension on the machine needs to be adjusted as the parts are not being held securely – you can always third clamp or weld ends for additional security
• The feed rate is too high and/or the machine speed is too slow
• The chip brush could be damaged or not working- if this occurs you will notice the chips overloading the gullets
• The coolant concentration needs to be adjusted
2. Band Breakage
Preventing band breakage is so important, follow these few simple steps to avoid encountering this tedious problem.
• Check your guides, have they worn down?
• Ensure that your guide arms are not set too far apart
• Check the diameter of the wheels. If they are too small, use thinner bands
• Ensure that the band tension is suitable for the job- not too high or too low
• Reduce the feed rate- if the feed rate is too high it can cause band breakage
• Check the butt weld
3. Crooked Cut
There are not many things worse than a crooked cut. This is an easily preventable problem; however, some of these tips can go overlooked at times. In order to assure the proper cut, check the health of the blade and bandsaw often for problems such as the ones listed below.
• Dull blades never to the job right, ensure that your blade is sharp before you begin
• You could have performed an improper break-in
• The guide arms of your machine are too far apart or are sitting out of alignment
• Your roller or carbide guides are damaged
• The blade speed is too slow and/or the feed rate is too heavy
• The tooth pitch is too thin/fine for the material
• The bandsaw band tension is too low
• Ensure the vice clamp is square
4. Premature Dulling of Saw Teeth
Do your teeth appear to be dulling prematurely? These may be a few of the contributing factors.
• The teeth were broken in improperly
• The coolant concentration and flow may need to be adjusted
• Ensure the chip brush is performing effectively
• Check the feed rates and blade speed of the saw
• Ensure the proper tooth pitch has been chosen
5. Rough Cut
You want a smooth cut but it keeps coming out rough? Here are the most likely reasons why.
• The band speed is too slow and the feed rate is too high on the machine
• An improper break-in was performed
• The blade’s teeth are dull or damaged
• The chip brush needs to be checked
• The butt weld is performing poorly