A bandsaw is a highly versatile tool that is often used for woodworking, metalworking or lumbering. Thanks to an evenly distributed tooth load, this device boasts uniform cutting action as well as the ability to cut irregular curves. With that said, the blades required to operate a bandsaw can be very costly. Keeping the blades lubricated may help extend their life and save you money. For that purpose, here is a quick guide to ensuring that your bandsaw blade stays properly lubricated.
Why lubricate your bandsaw blade?
There are many people who have been in the industry for years without ever lubricating their blades. While it is completely possible to successfully use a bandsaw without lubrication, applying lubricant is a cost-effective way to extend the life of a blade. From a technical standpoint, the majority of wear and tear on your bandsaw comes from the heat that is emitted during use. The simple act of applying band saw lubricant can decrease the amount of heat that your blade is exposed to.
What type of lubricant should I use for my bandsaw blades?
When it comes to lubricating your bandsaw blades, there are differing opinions on how it should be done. Some woodworkers argue that they use water on their blade without issue. While this may work for some, it is important to remember that water can cause bandsaw blades to rust. Also, pure water is generally not used as an effective lubricant for other mechanical objects such as cars or power tools.
What should I look for in a bandsaw lubricant?
Look for a blade lube that is specifically designed for cutting. Companies like Maglube offer environmentally friendly lubricants in sizes ranging from 4-gallon cases to 250/330 gallon totes. It is also important to look for a lubricant that will not stain materials and allows for easy application.
No matter what type of material you work with, you have invested a lot in your bandsaw. This guide can help you find the right lube and get the most out of your blade.