Saw Safety

Band Saw Safety
Band saws can be extremely dangerous if not operated properly and safety shouild alway be the number one priority.

Safety First

  • Make sure you read the user manual carefully.
  • Make sure you understand the instructions before attempting to use the saw.
  • Ensure the machine is securely fixed to the floor (or a workbench of appropriate height) to reduce vibration.

What safety procedures should you follow when using a band saw?

  • Wear safety glasses or goggles.
  • Wear suitable hearing protection.
  • Wear protective footwear when required.
  • Make sure all guards are in place and properly adjusted.
  • Adjust blade guard height to about 1/8 inch above the top of the material being cut.
  • Ensure the blade is tracking correctly and runs freely in and against the upper and lower guide rollers.
  • Ensure the blade is under proper tension. A band saw equipped with automatic tension control is desirable.
  • Hold stock firmly and flat on the table to prevent the stock from turning and drawing your fingers against the blade. Keep hands braced against the table.
  • Use a push stick when you remove cut pieces from between the fence and saw blade or when your hands are close to the blade.
  • Keep your hands on either side of the blade – not in line with the cutting line and the blade.
  • Make release (relief) cuts before tight curves when doing intricate scroll-type work.
  • Keep the floor around a band saw clean and free of obstructions.
  • Keep the machine properly serviced.
  • Provide adequate lighting at the machine table. A light fixture with a flexible connection can provide essential lighting.

It is always better to be safe than sorry.