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Band Saw

This bandsaw will be going away soon (leaving ~ 2019-04-26)

Clarke Woodworker CBS355
Blades: 1780mm length, 0.4mm thick, 6-13mm (1/4“-1/2”) wide



On loan from Stephen Giles.


  • Wear safety glasses.
  • Position the blade guard as low as possible to limit your exposure to the blade.
  • Keep hands away from the blade at all times.
  • Hold the material to the side of the blade so that your hands cannot fall into the blade if you trip.
  • Always keep your eye on the blade.
  • Limit the number of people around you, to avoid distractions and accidental trips.
  • For beginners, have a second person to give you feedback (e.g. point out when you are positioning your hand too close to the blade).


  • disconnect from power
  • remove front cover (two screws)
  • tighten tensioner to free the blade
  • raise the blade guard
  • remove positioning blocks if required
  • remove/replace blade
  • ensure that blade teeth are in the correct position (facing forward and down)
  • loosen tensioner slowly, manually turning the blade to check that everything is in position, then hand tighten followed by 1/4 turn tightening with 6 mm hex key
  • install the positioning blocks (should be almost touching)
  • adjust bearing so that flat face almost touches back of blade
  • replace cover


  • Lowest speed should be fine for most tasks (higher speed makes more heat)
  • Different blades for different tasks (shallow “scroll” blade for fine work, general blade for wood, bimetal blade for aluminium).
  • Cutting some steel might be okay, but this saw is really designed for woodworking
  • Position the blade guard as low as possible to keep the blade from flexing too much
  • Curves can't always be cut in one go (cut wider to make space for the blade, then refine afterwards)
  • Don't force it, avoid twisting the blade
  • Support the material to avoid pinching the blade
  • Don't leave the cover on the sanding disc
bandsaw.txt · Last modified: 2019-04-12 13:19 by mike