How do I know if my bandsaw blade is dull?

Asked By: Manue Duncan | Last Updated: 1st March, 2020
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If the blade wanders and will not cut on your line, it is dull. If you feel you have to push hard against the blade to get it to cut, it is dull. This can lead to you getting injured. If you are pushing your work and the blade comes out of a cut your hand will move forward near or into the blade.

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Also asked, how do I know if my knife is dull?

The blade feels dull. Gently run your fingertips over the edge of the blade. Sharp knives simply feel sharp, with a blade that has a well-defined, distinct edge. On the other hand, if the blade feels dull or rounded, you're knife will benefit from being sharpened.

Also Know, how long does a band saw blade last? Bi-metal and carbide are the best choices for re-saw which is very hard on the teeth in hardwood and the thicker the stock the quicker it dulls. But.. with that said even carbide which will last about 10 times longer or bi-metal which last about 5 time longer for re-saw won't stay sharp forever.

Secondly, how tight should my bandsaw blade be?

The blade should deflect no more than 1/4 in. A good place to begin is to tension the blade until the meter reads proper tension for the next wider blade. For example, if you're tensioning a 3/8-in. blade, I would set the scale to 1/2 in.

Why is my knife dull?

#7: Using It Dull A dull knife will require more pressure to get through your food. More pressure means a higher chance of slipping and accidentally cutting yourself. More pressure also means that any accidents are likely to be much worse than the small nick you'd get from a sharp knife that's used gently.

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How often should you sharpen a knife?

Stainless steel knives normally want honing with a steel every 2-4 uses. This will keep them sharp. Carbon steel knives should be honed after each use. If you have been honing, you should need to sharpen your knives no more than once per 1-2 years.

Can a knife be too sharp?

As some have answered it depends on the task. But in general a knife should never be razor blade sharp. The reason for that is durability. For example a knife used to remove meat from the bone could be too sharp and actually take pieces of the bone while cutting it, but a dull knife may slip and cause injuries.

What makes a knife sharp?

Knife sharpening is the process of making a knife or similar tool sharp by grinding against a hard, rough surface, typically a stone, or a flexible surface with hard particles, such as sandpaper. Additionally, a leather razor strop, or strop, is often used to straighten and polish an edge.

Why does my bandsaw blade keeps coming off?

Band Saw: Blade slips off the wheel. A damaged rubber tier, worn wheel bearings, loose blade tension or a dull saw blade can cause the blade to slip off the wheel. The extra force could push the saw blade off the wheel. Replace the saw blade if it's dull.

How do you service a bandsaw?


  1. blow sawdust and other debris from band saw. Clear Debris. Lock the band saw's knob in the off position, and unplug the machine.
  2. remove rust from band saw table. Remove Rust, Dirt and Carbon Dust.
  3. apply coat of car wax to table. Apply Wax and Remove the Blade.
  4. clean saw with a wire brush. Clean the Saw.

How do I choose a bandsaw blade?

A coarse tooth blade (2, 3 TPI) should be used for resawing wood and cutting thicker stock up to 8″. A fine toothed blade (18 to 32 TPI) should be used for thinner metals and plastics under 1/4″. For general cutting of 3/4″ wood 4 TPI will provide a fast cut and 14 TPI will cut slow, but leave a smoother finish.

Which way should the teeth face on a bandsaw?

Typical bandsaw blades can be flipped “inside out” to make the teeth point the other direction. On some knife edge style blades and grit edge blades you can get a fresh sharp cutting edge from a blade this way, just by flipping it inside out.

How do you put a bandsaw on your teeth?

  1. Raker Set is one tooth tilted left, the next tooth to the right and the third straight. Raker set blades are recommended for the majority of sawing being done.
  2. Wavy Set blades have groups of teeth set to the left and to the right alternating throughout the band blade.
  3. Tooth pitch indicates the number of teeth per inch.

What size blade does a Craftsman 12 bandsaw?

Olson premium band saw blade-80" length for Sears Craftsman 12-inch models, hard edge flex back, available in regular, skip, or hook teeth.