Marvel Vertical Band Saw Safety Rules
- Do not push the blade into the workpiece hard enough to cause the machine to chatter; slow down and find a more rigid manner in which to clamp the work in the saw.
- The upper guide and guard should be set as close to the work (or machine vice) as possible, preferably within 1/4 inch. Adjust the guard with the machine turned off.
- If the band breaks, immediately shut off the power and stand clear until the machine has stopped. Promptly inform the shop staff so a replacement blade can be installed.
- Use the proper pitch blade for the thickness of the material to be cut. There should be at least 2 teeth in the material when cutting aluminum, and three teeth when cutting steel. If bi-metal blades (i.e. variable pitch) are used this rule of thumb is not as important.
- Do not run the band saw at a higher speed than recommended for the material being cut. There is a table on the saw with recommended saw speeds for various materials; use it.
- Always adjust the speed of the band saw while the machine is running. Never adjust the speed with the machine turned off.
- Never cut materials that might be hardened, such as tool steel, files, hardened guideways, stainless steel etc. Any material than cannot be cut with a standard hand file should never be cut in a band saw. Use an abrasive cutoff saw instead or ask a technician.
- Make sure the workpiece being cut is clamped securely before turning on the saw. Failure to do so will result in the cutting force dislodging the work from the vice and breaking the saw blade. When clamping pieces that are shorter than 10” it is necessary to find another piece of material the same width which can be clamped in the other half of the vice, allowing the vice to close and clamp evenly. This will be explained in further detail during equipment training.
- Always bring the blade into contact with the material before engaging the automatic power feed. The proper procedure is as follows: (1) firmly clamp the workpiece in the vice; (2) turn on the saw so the blade is rotating; (3) adjust the coolant if necessary; (4) gently bring the moveable saw blade into light contact with the workpiece by rotating the manual feed wheel; (5) engage the automatic feed. Remember to disengage the power feed after the workpiece has been cut, before turning off the saw.
- Never leave the machine unattended when the saw is running.
Safety goes beyond a set of information and rules to memorize. Safety is a culture. You live it by learning it, and learn it by living it ... so that you and others can go on living. SAFETY is very important!