Breaking In the Blade
Proper break-in of a bandsaw blade can extend blade life by up to 30%. Brand new, sharp teeth are more fragile than lightly honed teeth and, much like a freshly sharpened pencil, break-in helps condition the teeth for longer life.
To break in a new bandsaw blade:
1. Set the band speed to the normal recommended SFPM for the material to be cut.
2. Set the feed at 50% of the normal cutting rate
3. Gradually increase the feed rate to normal over the total break-in period.
Caution: during break-in, it is very important that the band always produces chips, to avoid “rubbing’ the tooth tips dull. Increase the feed if needed to produce chips.