Tooth Wear

  • Feed pressure too light; Increase pressure.
  • Insufficient or improper coolant at blade entry.
  • Incorrect tooth selection.
  • Improper break-in of new band.
  • Hard spot in material.

  • Wear on Back

  • Guide arms too far apart.
  • Blade rubbing on wheel flanges.
  • Insufficient blade tension.
  • Excessive feed pressure.

  • Straight Break

  • Blade tension too high; Reduce.
  • Excessive feed pressure.
  • Teeth contacts work before saw starts.
  • Worn or chipped backup guide.
  • Blade rubbing on wheel flanges.
  • Side guides adjusted too tight.
  • Teeth too coarse for work piece.

  • Irregular Break

  • Metal movement in vise.
  • Head rise before completed cut.

  • Tooth Fracture

  • Material loose in vise.
  • Guides not adjusted properly.
  • Incorrect tooth pitch.
  • Approach to work too fast.
  • Excessive feed pressure or band speed.

  • Chip Welding

  • Improper coolant or mix.
  • Excessive feed pressure or band speed.
  • Improperly adjusted or worn chip brush.

  • Teeth Stripping

  • Material not securely vised.
  • Improper or insufficient coolant.
  • Excessive feed pressure.
  • Tooth lodged in cut or hard spot in work.
  • Tooth pitch too coarse for work piece.

  • Band Scoring

  • Check for guide insert wear or breaks.
  • Excessive pressure on guide inserts.
  • Check alignment of guide arms.

  • Inaccurate Cut

  • Teeth dull or excessive feed pressure.
  • Set worn on one side.
  • Guides worn or loose.
  • Guide arms too far from work.
  • Insufficient blade tension.
  • Chips carried into kerf.
  • Possible hard inclusion in work.

  • Rough Cut

  • Dull or damaged blade.
  • Insufficient blade tension.
  • Guide inserts loose or worn.
  • Excessive feed pressure.
  • Tooth pitch too coarse.

  • Dished Cut on
       Round Stock*

  • Use normal feed rate on first 1/3 cut.
  • Reduce feed rate on center 1/3 cut.
  • Increase to normal feed rate on final 1/3 cut.
  • * Limited gullet capacity of a tooth pitch or design too fine for material or 8" diameter or more, quite often, will cause dishing and/or cutting off. A skip or hook tooth configuration should be used for volume production cutting. The above suggestions will normally improve cut results.

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