How to Use a Portable Band Saw and What Things Should You Consider?

Last Updated on 5 months by James D. Miller

A band saw maybe a familiar item for related persons to cutting, especially wood and steel; they often struggle while operating it. Therefore, it’s essential to know how to use a portable band saw for the professionals, though, cordless models are available.

However, my friend once joined the steel industry as a worker, but he was less careful about the safety guard; thus, he was about to get injured. Moreover, I saw many people who don’t know the best manufacturing brands providing the best band saws.

Therefore, the article will let you know about the uses, best products, beginners guide, and safety instructions to use a portable one; won’t you stay tuned?

What Is The Best Portable Band Saw?

When looking for a band saw with fine teeth & provide the best service, you can search for cordless and corded ones. You may prefer the portable band saw uses on safety ground; however, let’s see the list of tools:

You may choose any one of them, but please make sure that your portable band saw is fulfilling your requirements and it’s easy to use.

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What Size of Band Saw Should I Buy?

If you’re a worker and prefer a light handheld band saw, or you are a small wood or metal shop owner, you can get the size of 14” (the lowest).The 14”-16” range is the most appropriate for those who want to keep the size small; however, what’s the perfect size of bigger band saw for industrial purposes?

You may get the 18”-20” machine if you need larger ones, but no matter what size you are getting, you must focus more on its performance. The power should be at least 2HP to get the desired speed & performance; moreover, its features should be user-friendly.

How to Use a Portable Band Saw: Step by Step Guideline

How to Use a Portable Band Saw

Follow these steps to use a standard portable band saw & cut the material you want; get familiar by reading the given manual:

  • You will see two circular blades and a ruler connecting those; suppose you’re cutting a small piece of metal or wood,and you want it to be even; what will you do?

You have to place the workpieces on a flat surface and clamp them well to prevent any displacement; you should point out a space where you want to cut.

  • Secondly, you must wear safety gloves &glasses before starting the machine; you will see a tension setter or liver at the back-top, and you have to turn it as much as needed.
  • However, you will notice the speed controller at the opposite side; you can keep the pace according to your preference within 1-5, but it’s better to set the moderate speed.
  • You have to hold the band saw with the front & back handle with both of your hands; place the clamped workpiece between the 2-blades, and the ruler on the pointed area.
  • You have to press the ON button when you want to start cutting; let the blades separate the part you wanted. Therefore, you have to press the OFF or STOP button once you’re done; please don’t change the alignment while running the machine.

These are the fundamental steps to use a portable band saw, but remember that each manufacturing brand puts some unique features in its products. Therefore, you have to read the manual well to know how to operate a band saw correctly and carefully.