- Large Band Saw
- Workshop Category: W4
- Workshop Risk Category: Red Label
The Band Saw has a thin vertical blade that allows cutting curves, re-sawing, and large depth cuts on
thick material. To avoid accidents, the following operational safety rules must be observed by everyone
working on the workshop Band Saw.
Start with a Risk Assessment to ensure a safe work area:
- Only trained operators (been inducted and sign off by workshop manager) can use the large band saw.
- The area around the band saw must be kept clear of people, debris and sawdust
- Safety glasses or a face shield must be worn. Hearing protection should be worn.
- Remove loose fitting clothing, jewellery, and tie back long hair.
- Familiarise yourself with the off and on button.
- The dust collector must be connected to the unit and gate open. The air flow must not be less than 1500 Pa.
- Check the blade tension and report any faults to the workshop manager
Operational Safety Rules:
- Approach your work in the workshop and on the band saw with a safe attitude.
- The teeth of the band saw blade must point down toward the table.
- The blade must be 1mm from the rear roller bearing behind the blade.
- The blade should be correctly tensioned
- Make sure that the upper and lower wheel guard doors are closed.
- Keep the blade guard & guide no more than 5 mm above your stock material.
- When operating a band saw, always place the material being cut flat against the table. Do not attempt to cut free-hand in mid-air. Don’t cut stock that is not flat on the bottom without a jig.
- Wait until the motor is at full speed before beginning any cut.
- Follow the 8 cm rule from the blade; always keep fingers 8cm from the blade.
- At no time should your hands be in front and in line with the cutting edge of the blade.
- To control the stock, use push sticks, feather boards, or any other suitable safety device when cutting small or short stock. Use a “V” block when cutting cylindrical stock.
- Cut at a moderate feed rate into the blade. Do not force a cut.
- Cut relief cuts prior to cutting long or tight curves. The relief cuts will free the blade of the tension of the tight curve and the wood will fall away. The blade size will dictate the radius of the cut.
- Never back out of a curve cut while the machine is running. If you need to back out of a cut, shut the machine off, after blade stops, and then back out.
- Never clear small pieces while the blade is moving.
- If a blade breaks, shut the machine off and stand clear until everything stops.
- If the work is too large for one person to handle, get help holding the stock from a appropriately inducted/trained person.
- When cutting with the table at an angle, clamp a block to the table to prevent your stock from slipping off the table.
- Always disconnect the power before changing the blade or performing any other maintenance operation.
- Turn off the band saw and wait until comes to a complete stop. Never stick an object into the blade to stop the machine quicker. Let it stop on its own.
- Always leave the blade guard fully down on the machine bed. This ensures that no one cuts themselves whilst clearing the bed of off-cuts. It also ensures that the next person to use the machine has to set the guard for the job they are undertaking.
- Before leaving the area shut off power, clean the band saw and work area.