Purchasing a new bandsaw is a large expense. Of course you wish to keep the saw running and in peek condition over a long period of time while reducing repair costs and downtime. How exactly do you ensure this happens? The most important thing you can do is regular maintenance.
Here are some tips for maintaining your band saw:
It is best to do the following every day. Make sure you clean all the leftover chips, debris and the saw blade itself for optimal cutting. Inspect both the chip brush and guides for any wear and tear. Adjust the guides as might be necessary. Lastly, inspect all fluids, lubricants and worn parts.
Cleaning the fluid/lubricant reservoir and changing the hydraulic filters should be done every three to six months as you deem fit. This will keep any chips or outside items from the tank and ensure the machine is running well.
Once a year you should drain and refill the hydraulic tank.
These are all useful tips on how you can maintain your band saw internally.† We also suggest having a routine machine inspection about once every 12-16 months to help address any small problems that may turn into larger mechanical problems in the future.
What does a Routine Machine Inspection involve?
These inspections are best completed by a professional. They allow you to understand the repair and replacement parts needed for your bandsaw and diagnose any problems that may need addressing in the near future.† It is then up to you to decide how and when you wish to schedule the repair and which replacement parts you wish to purchase.
Why is preventative maintenance important?
Without preventative maintenance of your band saw machine, the saw productivity, band saw blade life and the bandsaw life will decrease. Ensuring your machine is running to its highest capacity will produce precision in your cutting. Catching an issue before it becomes a larger problem can save you money as it will keep your band saw online and decreases any downtime losses.