The bandsaw and its purpose is probably the most valuable tool in the workshop next to the table saw. The bandsaw is quite often underrated because most people don’t understand the potential of the bandsaw.
When you take a close look at the bandsaw, you will find that it has an upper and lower wheel. The diameter of the wheels determines the throat size of the saw.
A continuous saw blade travels over the upper wheel to the lower wheel and back up. The direction of the teeth always points toward the table making it very safe to use. Unlike the scroll saw, the bandsaw does not create a vibration when operating keeping the material tight to the table.
The blades vary in width from as small as 1/8″ to 1″ giving you much flexibility. The narrower the blade, the sharper the cure of cut whereas a wide blade can be used for resaw work.
The bandsaw has 2 blade guides, one above the table and one below the table to keep the blade stable.
A neat feature with the bandsaw is by changing the upper guide adjustment, you can cut depths of 6″ to 12″ and more depending on the bandsaw. By changing to different widths of blades, you can perform different jobs on your saw.
By using a narrow blade with 14 teeth per inch will cut you a beautiful circle or anything demanding a sharp turn. This is also very safe for cutting small because of no kick back.
By building a bandsaw jig and using a wide blade, you can turn your bandsaw into a sawmill.
With the right blade, you can cut non-ferrous materials such as aluminium, brass and copper.