JET 14" Bandsaw


Status Operational
Zone Woodshop
Owner Lansing Makers Network
Tool Type Bandsaw
Member Category Full
User Manual jet-bandsaw-model-jwbs-14cs.pdf
Manufacturer JET
Model JWBS-14OS
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A bandsaw uses a blade consisting of a continuous band of metal with teeth along one edge to cut various workpieces. The band rides on two wheels rotating in the same plane. Bandsawing produces uniform cutting action as a result of an evenly distributed tooth load. Bandsaws are used for woodworking, metalworking, or for cutting a variety of other materials. They are particularly useful for cutting irregular or curved shapes, but can make straight cuts. The minimum radius of a curve that can be cut on a particular saw is determined by the width of the band and its kerf.

Safety Rules

In addition to the shop safety rules the following should be observed when using this tool.

  • Follow the 3” rule from the blade; always keep fingers 3” from the blade.
  • Check the blade tension and tracking before starting.
  • Don’t cut stock that is not flat on the bottom without a jig.
  • Keep a balanced stance at the band saw.
  • Never clear small pieces while the blade is moving.
  • Never use your thumbs to push toward the blade.
  • Never back out of a curve cut while the machine is running.

Contacts for training

Contact Brian Adams or Carl Raymond for safety training.

Safety Training

  • Review of machine and shop safety rules.
  • Proper procedures for preparing / setup operations.
  • Proper operation and control of machine.
  • Proper procedures for cleanup.

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