Bandsaws are versatile tools for ripping or resizing lumber and as a result, are one of the most common machines used in wood products manufacturing. Bandsaws have the advantage of being able to process deep depths of cut with a small kerf (tooth width). Bandsaws also have the option for splitting boards into two or producing bevel siding products for example.
Bandsaws are much more complicated machines than circular saws. They have more parts, so more can go wrong and blade maintenance is more complicated. Unless all aspects of the machine and saw blades are maintained to a fairly high level, production and product quality will suffer.
This Technology Profile focuses on commonly seen problems with band resaws and offers a guide on how to rectify these problems.