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Band Saw

Woodfast Supercut
Machine Workshop (Room G24)
Level 03 - Machine Certification


A bandsaw is a power tool which uses a blade consisting of a continuous band of metal with teeth along one edge to cut various workpieces. Bandsawing produces uniform cutting action as a result of an evenly distributed tooth load and are used primarily to cut timber, acrylics and other similar materials They are particularly useful for cutting irregular or curved shapes, but are capable of making straight cuts.

Video of Operation

Health and Safety

  • The band saw is a power tool that has the potential to cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Always exercise extreme caution when using the equipment. NEVER touch the blade or other moving parts during use. The blade can easily cut fingers and other body parts.
  • Familiarise yourself with the emergency stop buttons on the machine. Always turn the machine off when not in use. NEVER leave the machine unattended.
  • Ensure the dust extractor gate is opened before use and closed when finished.
  • Use push sticks, fences and safety guards wherever possible.
  • Do not wear loose articles of clothing and or jewelry when operating the band saw.
  • Do not apply pressure towards the blade.
  • Do not try to remove jammed pieces while machine is still running.
  • Do not attempt to cut round or uneven objects.
  • Please see workshop staff if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to make any adjustments without prior approval.

Operation Instructions

  • Turn on dust extractor: Turn on dust extractor and open the dust extractor gate.
  • Prepare the workspace: Ensure accessible space between guarding and blades is minimal. All guides must be firmly attached and not removed during operations. See a staff member to unlock the machines power.
  • Cut material: Place material to be cut on cutting table and gently feed it through the saw blade. Always use push sticks, fences and safety guards where possible. NEVER apply pressure in the direction of the cutting blade.
  • Shut down and Remove material: Use the mushroom switch to turn off the machine. Remove the material and clear away any dust and offcuts from both the machine and floor. See a workshop staff member to lock the machines power.

Workmanship Considerations

  • One of the greatest strengths of the band saw is its ability to cut rounded or freeform shapes. It is also capable of making orthogonal cuts with the use of a fence however other saws in the workshop such as the sliding arm mitre saw or the bench saw may be better suited to this application.
  • The large blade of the band saw allows it to cut thicker pieces of timber than other equipment in the workshop. This allows the bandsaw to “resaw” material by cutting along its width effectively reducing larger sections into smaller verneers.
  • Unlike circular saws, band saws are far less likely to kickback.