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Sharpening Your Bandsaw Blade

Bandsaw blades are best when they are sharp and obviously after a few uses they tend to become dull. A good practice is to sharpen regularly so you will get the best use out of each bandsaw blade you use. You should get two to three sharpenings out of every blade. There are of course a couple of options for this – the less time consuming option being a mechanical bandsaw blade sharpener, or by sharpening the blades manually.

First up – manual bandsaw blade sharpening, and as always, safety first. Make sure you have gloves, eye protection and a mask to protect from dust. Also make sure the power cord of your saw is unplugged.

Manually sharpening can definitely be a time consuming option, but can be reasonably straightforward and has obvious cost advantages over buying a mechanical sharpener. You may be able to just sharpen particularly dull areas of the bandsaw blade, but mostly you will need to do a full sharpening.

Sharpening your bandsaw blade takes a few steps, and here’s a few that you need to go through.

Tips of the teeth – use a sharpening stone against the tooth edge, and move the bandsaw back manually. Back of the tip – use a sharpening tool or file, making sure to maintain a backward angle. The underside of the tip – use a Dremel tool (on low speed) or rounded file. The cutting area – again, a round file or Dremel tool. Lastly the gullet – must be checked and cleaned of any grime or buildup.

If you don’t have the time and patience for the manual sharpening method, the better option is a mechanical bandsaw blade sharpener. It allows your time to be invested elsewhere, and makes the sharpening process much quicker and more manageable.

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2. Great job, now select the Width

3. Select the Length (mm) (Round up to the Closest Increment)(Round up to the Closest Increment)

3. Now Enter the Exact Length in (mm) (Made to your Order)

Length is not correct, changed to maximum allow length.

4. Select the TPI (Teeth Per Inch)

The number of teeth per inch (TPI) defines the pitch of the blade and can vary from 1 to 32 tpi.

On some blades there are different pitches on the same blade. You must select the correct tpi for the thickness of material you are cutting. If the corrrect tpi is not chosen the blade life will be dramatically shortened.

The general rule of thumb is: For wood and soft materials aim ffor 3-6 teeth in the work piece.

The number of teeth per inch (TPI) defines the pitch of the blade.

On some blades there are different pitches on the same blade. You must select the correct tpi for the thickness of material you are cutting. If the corrrect tpi is not chosen the blade life will be dramatically shortened.

Please use the following guide to select the correct tooth selection.









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