While it may seem unlikely, the act of using a safety saw in your workshop could actually be considered safe practise for ensuring that you create the most efficient cuts possible. This type of machine has many uses and can make many tasks much easier to carry out, but it can be extremely dangerous if it is not used properly. It is surprising just how easy it is to become careless when using some of the cheaper, less sophisticated bandsaw devices on offer, leading to a situation where the equipment can be seriously damaged.
Band saws can be either electric or manual models. Electric models are by far the more common machines used in workshops around the UK, as they tend to be easier to use, but both have their advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of an electric saw is that it is so much more convenient to use than using manual machines – there’s no need to struggle with a heavy carcass or get up from the ground to use it! But unfortunately this comfort level means that people often forget about their safety and, as a result, come dangerously close to injury. Electric saws are very powerful machines and therefore they should only be handled by experienced tradespeople. As with all machine tools, it is essential that the user follows all safety practices to avoid any problems.
It is also advisable to use the appropriate type of band saws for use on soft wood and easier to move material. Some manual machines work best on harder woods or denser material, but electric band saws are equally able to cut through even the most durable types of material. As with all machine tools, it is essential that you use them correctly to avoid injury. Never operate the band saw at a height above your head as this can cause serious damage.
A further important thing to remember when using any band saw is to keep your hands away from the blade at all times. You may not see the blade at first, so make sure that you find time to look at it and inspect it for Nick spots. This can easily be done by looking in the window or looking down the handle. Should there be a crack or other damage in the metal that surrounds the blade then this will be readily apparent to you can work to repair the damage yourself.
It is also worth noting that it is far safer to use a standard saw table rather than an electric saw table as these provide better protection. Using a table saw outdoors provides far more protection than doing so indoors. Table saws have been designed to be used effectively indoors but with the design of today’s products they can also be used safely outdoors where they are fully enclosed with a suitable blade guard. If you do purchase an electric saw table rather than a manual one, then it is strongly recommended that you hire a specialist to look after the electrical components of the saw and, if possible, purchase a cover to protect your floor.
The use of a band saw can be very dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken. This is why you must ensure that you follow all the relevant instructions when using it. Safe practice is the best way to ensure that you never get hurt by your band saw as this will stop any issues from occurring and will allow you to get on with other tasks, leaving the task of finding a replacement job to someone else. Take some time to look through this guide to ensure that you understand exactly how to use your band saw safely.