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Frequently Asked Questions

Which size bandsaw blade do I need?

Bandsaw blades vary in thickness, width, length, and tooth configuration. The length you require should be included on the specification label on your bandsaw machine, or in the instruction manual. If you have neither, call Kendal Tools for advice. Something else you’ll need to consider when buying bandsaw blades is the width. Blade width is measured from the tips of the teeth to the back edge of the blade. We advise that you always use the widest blade possible, as this will be stronger and can withstand greater feed pressures without flexing.

How long does a bandsaw blade last?

A bandsaw is considered one of the most essential tools for making irregular or difficult cuts. But something we are frequently asked is, how long does a bandsaw blade last? Well, that all depends on the type of blade and the user. Not all bandsaw blades are made equal, and they aren’t always used for the same task. Some bandsaw blades are used explicitly for wood, while others come in useful for metalwork and lumbering. Likewise, some blades are manufactured to last a couple of months, and others can last years! Using a band saw blade for woodcutting? Great – but harder woods can reduce the lifespan of your blade, meaning you’ll need a replacement blade sooner than if you were cutting less dense materials. While cutting a piece of wood, if you run into anything, like a nail, this too could shorten the life of your bandsaw blade. Our best advice? Select a high-quality bandsaw blade, like the ones we supply at Kendal Tools. Although they may cost you more upfront, they generally last longer.

When should I change my bandsaw blade?

We know it’s a pain when all you want to do is get something done…but if your blade is on its last legs, then it’s less likely to perform at its best, and if that’s the case, it can make things difficult for you. Here are three signs that it’s time to change your bandsaw blades: Teeth are starting to strip after long periods of use Is your bandsaw cutting slower than usual? Perhaps you’ve noticed a slowdown of feed rate or an increase in the feed pressure? These are clear indications that your bandsaw blade’s teeth are starting to strip, which, in turn, causes it to heat up faster. When this happens, we highly advise you to purchase a replacement bandsaw blade before the excess heat and stress cause other issues. The blade becomes noisy After using your bandsaw for a significant amount of time, you’ll more than likely be familiar with the sound it makes – not to mention its feel and the speed at which it operates. If it gets louder, starts squeaking, or cutting slower than you’re used to, it’s time to consider changing the blade before it gets worse. The blade doesn’t move consistently This, amongst other things, such as odd burning smells and burn marks in the wood, indicates that your bandsaw blade is fatigued and not turning on its wheels as it should. A blade that’s old and fatigued certainly won’t thank you for extra stress and tension, meaning you should think about switching it for a new one. Here at Kendal Tools, we have a comprehensive range of bandsaw blades to choose from, so if there ever comes a time where your blade is underperforming or showing signs of wear and tear, you’re in the right place.

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