To the best of my knowledge, bandsaws cut with a downward motion and the
points of the blade should point that way too. I have a blade that looks
like the points are upside down with a relatively flat (very small angle) at
the top of each tooth and a sharp angle from the bottom to the point. Is
this ever correct or do I have a blade that was manufactured wrong?
Turn the blade inside-out (from it's current state), then turn it around to
point the teeth forward.
(FWIW I had to try try it with a marked up rubber band to prove it to
| To the best of my knowledge, bandsaws cut with a downward motion and the
| points of the blade should point that way too. I have a blade that looks
| like the points are upside down with a relatively flat (very small angle)
| the top of each tooth and a sharp angle from the bottom to the point. Is
| this ever correct or do I have a blade that was manufactured wrong?
Many thanks to the people who wrote in to tell me that the blade was
inside-out. Once I flipped it, it was perfect!
Once again, proving the power of the web.
And they don't cut very well if the teeth are pointing up.. DAMHIKT
Also, gloves ARE recommended for handling the blades, especially when uncoiling
them or turning them right-side-out..
Please remove splinters before emailing
Strange enough the shorter blades can eat you if you are not careful, and
tossing them in the yard is a safe method. Longer blades, mine is 150"
long, are very easily opened and closed while holding them with 2 hands.
One of the mills that I worked at years ago had a double band breakdown saw,
basically a sharp chain would carry a log through a right and left bandmill,
a slab from either side, leaving a two sided cant to pass through a gang
The bandsaws were sharpened in house and the sawfilers would occasionally
have to turn one of these bands inside out to use on the other side of the
These bands were 6 inches wide, 20 feet or so long and the filers made it
easy and as far as I know no one was ever hurt in the process.
Scary stuff with that much spring steel moving all at once.
Man. Had I been a few hours earlier I could have answered this for you from
experience. The shop next door has a band saw and the guy comes over to us
two days ago and says, "Hey... This blade was manufactured backwards!"
It took us a few seconds to "fix" his blade and we didn't let him see how we
did it. He walked away 10 minutes later all confused at our magic trick. :)
Apparently, when they coil them up for shipment, it is either easy to flip
them or someone does it as a prank...
Glad you got yours fixed.
Joe Agro, Jr.
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Trick for upside down and backwards (not as radical as the radial arm
saw guy) bandsaw blades or just backwards.
To get the look of rough cut cedar mill your lumber as you wood for
any project and dry fit all of the parts. Guide the faces of the cedar
that you want to look rough cut at an angle past the upside down and
backwards bandsaw blade.
I guess you could liken it to a big rasp that you use whatever
pressure you need against it to get the desired look.
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