The bandsaw is a power tool which uses a continuous band of metal with teeth along one edge to cut various workpieces. The band rides on two wheels rotating above and below the workpiece. The bandsaw provides a fast accurate cut more accurately than a jigsaw, and has a much narrower kerf than the chopsaw. It cuts faster (and deeper pieces) than the scrollsaw, but is less able to cut curves. It is capable of causing severe injury so it must only be used by those trained to operate it safely. The 'owners' are responsible for training new users and ensuring that it is maintained in a safe condition.
Using the Band Saw
Check that the machine is in good condition. Position the safety shield with the blade guide just above the workpiece to minimize the length of exposed blade. It also improves control of the cut because the blade moves less. Material much thinner than about 3 teeth on the blade should be cut with another tool. Please do not try to cut a radius smaller than about 12 times the width of the blade.
(More notes about supporting the piece, cutting lengthways and cross cut)
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Wear eye protection and make sure clothes and hair cannot get caught in the blade. Gloves are not advised because they could get caught in the blade and pull your hand into it. Stand in a well balanced position facing the blade. Place the heel of your hands on the table so that you cannot easily be pushed into the blade. Guide the workpiece using your fingers only. Never cross your arms while using the saw and keep your hands on either side of the blade. Very small items could potentially get trapped between the blade and the table so they are best cut with another tool such as a hacksaw.
The Owners are those who have volunteered to be in charge of the equipment, organising maintenance, training others to use it, and generally being a point of contact. The current Owners of the Laser Cutter are: