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Why is my bandsaw blade losing teeth?

There are lots of reasons a metal cutting bandsaw blade can lose teeth, but for this article we’ll detail the main ones which we find cover perhaps 90% of the situations we come across in the field. Briefly summarised, they are:

- Too many teeth in the cut - Not enough teeth in the cut

- Blade run-in procedure

- Feed rate

- Tooth geometry

Let’s take a deeper dive into each one of these factors:

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Why are my bandsaw blades going blunt?

There are a range of reasons a bimetal bandsaw blade may go blunt prematurely.  In order of commonality, the following are the main factors we see when we’re out and about:

-          Blade speed

-          Coolant concentration

-          Number of teeth in the cut

-          Downfeed rate

-          Tooth geometry vs. material type

-          Foreign material interference

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Why are my bandsaw blades breaking?

There are a number of reasons for cracking and breakage in metal cutting bimetal bandsaw blades, so in this article we’ll detail the main ones we come across. Briefly summarised, they are:

-        Weld failure

-        Poorly adjusted guides

-        Worn guides

-        Poor guide design

-        Wear & tear

-        Material size vs. machine capacity

-        Blade tooth type

-        Bandsaw wheel alignment & camber angle

-        Band composition & quality

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Basic twist drill bits have been around forever, and there’s not much to say about them that hasn’t already been said. But that doesn’t mean it’s understood, certainly not as well or widely as it ought to be. Different workpiece materials will place different demands on the drill bit so, just like all tooling, better understanding of their design will help yield better, more cost-effective results. So let’s start with taking a look at the physical fundamentals that make up a twist drill.

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Why are my bandsaw blades cutting crooked?

There are a few major reasons why metal cutting bimetal blades can cut on an angle, or a ‘smile’ – the points we’ll go over in this article are:

-        Tension

-        Blade guides

-        Tooth chipping

-        Tooth wear

-        Number of teeth in the cut

Feed rate

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Bandsaws versus Coldsaws: which one to pick?

A situation we commonly come upon is that of customers wanting to purchase a new saw, but unsure whether that should be a bandsaw or coldsaw machine. In this article, we’ll try and address the pros and cons of each, and give our honest opinion on what best suits different situations. For clarity, this article will be largely comparing manual coldsaws & bandsaws.

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