First thing you need to do if you replace the blade of your band saw is to do the break in action. This is being done by reducing the speed of your band saw by half compare to normal speed. Also you need to reduce the feeding quantity and cut about 50 square inches of materials. Most of the time, the break in action is being overlooked and resulted broken teeth of the blades. Band saw blades become more durable by wearing some of the extra sharpness before using it normally. The next caring tip will by using lubricant. There are different types of lubricant to use and it depends on what kind of materials you are about to cut. You can use some of the high adhesion saw oil with mixing kerosene or diesel. It is also best to apply lubricant while running, it best to put lubricant every four minutes. You don’t need to continually apply the lubricant, only when the sound is increasing.
Releasing the tension on your band saw blades after your project is done is very vital. You need to know that as you use the machine, the blades heats up causes the blades to extend and as it cools down it can cause breaks on the metal. Releasing the tension will help the blades go back to normal condition as it cools down. Next thing you need to know is sharpening the blades. Sharpening it periodically will extend the life and performance of you band saw blades. Just rub the sharpening stone on both side of the blade. Be careful when you sharpen the blade; make sure that you don’t sharpen it too much because it will also cause the breaking of teeth.
Some people may neglect or they don’t really know on how to take care their band saw blades. If you don’t know this it will cause you more money and always buy new blades. It may be simple to some but if being used wisely you save more and produce more on your projects. The machine is only as good as the user. Simple maintenance will not use more of your time and effort but provide great performance.