Horizontal Band Saw - 1: Overview
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WARNING: Machine tools present a safety hazard. Improper operation can result in severe injury. These topics are for non-laboratory study only and are not to be used in conjunction with the operation of any tool or machine described herein. Never use a machine tool without the supervision of a qualified instructor.
he horizontal band saw is an important machine found in almost every shop. Although simple in appearance, this machine requires that the operator pay strict attention to setup and operation, as the slightest change in cutting conditions could result in any number of errors, from angular cuts to broken saw blades.

The machine most operators will use is illustrated here. It is a simple machine with fundamental operation procedures. The upper part of the machine is the saw blade itself. It has blade guards, (the covers that hide the majority of the blade), the saw machine controls, and blade tension handles used to keep the blade taunt and allow the blade to be changed. Some of the more expensive saws have a shock absorber type hydraulic system, which allows for the controlled decent of the saw blade. The material is placed on the saw on the table of the machine, and is held securely in place by a vise. There is usually a length stop attached to the table, so that each piece is cut exactly the same (see Setup Steps page 6)

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