If you want to use the band saw on your project, then before that, you need to set up the blade on it. You need to read all instructions which are given by the manufacturer and all safety information from the booklet. You need to set the machine up at a comfortable working height, often just above waist-high for the operator.
Before assembling the band saw you need make sure that there is sufficient source of light available in the setting area. Generally, the Bench-top bandsaws should be fastened to the bench to prevent the machine from overturning, and new machines should come with fasteners for this purpose.
Other than this the blade type used in the very best band saw is most important for measuring the performance of the band saw. There are many types of band saw blades are available which are categorized based on the two criteria:
- Width of the blade
- Teeth per blade
Radius Band Saw Blades
1/8 inch blades
This size blades are also referred as 0.3 cm blades and this size blades are consider as the narrowest standard blade configuration which is used for cutting the wood materials with a smallest arc as much as possible.
1/4 inch blades
This size blades are also referred as 0.6 cm blades, which is also consider as narrowest blade and it is used for cutting a small circle or arc in a wood material.
5/16 inch blades
This size blades are also referred as 0.8 cm blades. This blade is known as the mid-range width or general purpose blade. This blade can help you to make a radius of cut about 3 inches or 7.6 cm based on the hardness and thickness of the lumber wood and this kind of blades are a bit durable than the narrower ¼ inch blades.
3/8 inch blades
This size blades are also referred as 1.0 cm blades. This size blades are not suitable for getting the sharp curves. This size of blades will give you very good results on the straight cuts and the mitered cuts and this type of blades will normally stay sharp longer than the narrower blades.
The TPI is referred as the number of teeth per inch in a blade which will help you to determine the effect of the cut on the material which you cutting. If you have a high TPI count then it will create a smoother cut but a cut at a slower rate.
On the other hand, a lower TPI count will help you to cut more quickly but gives you a rough cuts on the woods.
Tooth Per Blades
- 16 TPI blades
- 12 TPI blades
- 8 TPI blades
The 16 TPI blades are having a very small teeth and generally, they are very little set and this kind of blades are angled offset in each of tooth. This blades are normally used for cutting a very thin material, less than one-half inch thick at a slower feed rates.
This type of blades are used for very fine and smooth cuts in a wood up to about 1 inch or 2.5 cm thickness were a smooth finished cut is needed.
8 TPI blades are referred as the general purpose handsaw blade and they will provide you a smooth cut at a faster feed rate in a wood up to 2 inches or more than that thickness level.
Apart from that skip tooth, variable tooth and hook blades are also available in the market.