Band Saw Safety Rules

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Source: Marcel Oosterwijk

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Band Saw Safety Rules

  1. Follow all general safety rules and operate only with instructor’s permission and after you have received instruction.
  2. Measure accurately and mark your material where it is to be cut.
  3. Adjust the blade guide to ¼” inch above the material before turning on the band saw.
  4. Never have the material you are cutting touch the blade before turning on the power.
  5. Keep your hands outside the safety zone marked on the table.  The safety zone is the area close to the blade on the table of the machine.
  6. Never place your hands directly in front of the blade or on the line to be cut.
  7. Using both hands, firmly and slowly, push the material into the blade letting the machine do the work.  Never force the material into the blade.
  8. When cutting curves, relief cuts must be made first.
  9. Avoid backing out of a cut with the exception of relief cuts.  The blade can be pulled off the wheels.
  10. Avoid twisting the blade and do not attempt to cut a small radius curve.   
  11. Do not clear scraps away from the blade while the blade is still moving.
  12. Do not walk away from the machine while the blade is still moving.
  13. Do not attempt to stop the blade with a piece of wood.
  14. Always cut within 1/8” inch of the line marked on the material.  Cut on the scrap side of the line and DO NOT cut your line off.
  15. Do not crowd the person operating the machine or stand to the sides of the band saw while it is being operated.