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5 steps to set up your New Bandsaw

Set up your new Bandsaw in 5 simple steps!

1. BUILD YOUR BANDSAW

The good news is that the bandsaws are around 98% complete when they arrive at your door.

The main body of the machine, including its intricate engineering is pre-assembled. There is even a blade already fitted for your convenience! Nice! The only thing left for you to do is to build the stand, which is typically four of five panels. After successfully bolting together your base, all that remains is to lower the bandsaw onto the stand and secure it with a bolt or two. Even a complete novice could install their bandsaw in under 40 minutes. An expert like yourself? Less than 30 minutes for sure!

2. PREPARE YOUR BANDSAW BLADE

You may have previously read our advice on how to achieve a great cut and the basic principles behind it. However, if you missed it, you could find that here. In essence, your choice of blade is key. Your machine will come pre-fitted with a 5/8 blade that is suitable for general fabrication in mild steel. However, softer materials such as aluminum require coarser blades to prevent the gullet from clogging up and overloading the motor. Similarly, harder materials such as stainless steel will require finer pitch blades.

Furthermore, for your convenience, all DIMAKIN bandsaws now come fitted with a handy blade tension gauge, allowing you to perfectly set and monitor the tension of your blade. This is important for looking after the machine in the short and long term. This is because both over-tightened and under-tensioned blades can lead to nasty accidents, and premature wear on your motor.

Bandsaw Blade Guide

3. PREPARE COOLANT

An important component of your new metal cutting bandsaw is the coolant. Using coolant, as the name suggests, cools the parts of the machine which are generating heat with friction. Because of this, using water-based flood coolant to the correct mixture ratio will keep both the blade and material cool during cutting, improving the quality of the cut and the life of the blade.

Best practice is to change coolant at least every 2 months regardless of how much the bandsaw is used. For high use saws, coolant will become thin and lose lubricating and cooling qualities after this amount of time. Conversely, with low use saws coolant will start to curdle and block coolant pipes and add increased pressure on the coolant pump.

While DIMAKIN do not supply coolant off the shelf, this is a readily available resource from many fabrication suppliers!

4. GET CUTTING!

The last step of setting up your machine is to start cutting! By now you’re all set, and having read both the manual and one of our guides to cutting, you understand the basics. Pull the trigger and go! Alternatively, set up the speed and feed of the hydraulics system and allow it to do the work itself! Once the bow has reached the cutting bed, it will activate a limit-switch and the blade will stop.

5. LET US KNOW HOW YOU GET ON!

We really hope you enjoy the life of your machine, and it provides well for you and all your fabrication adventures to come. As always, our social media would love to see pictures of your new machine in its workshop! There is no better feeling here than to see one of our machines in a well-used workshop. If you would like a spotlight on your business and the services you can offer with any of your new DIMAKIN machinery, tag us on our various social media pages including Facebook and Instagram.

Do you have any questions?

Hopefully, you’re now set. However, if there is anything you feel we haven’t covered well enough, or have any further questions at all, feel free to call us on 02476210123 or email us on sales@dimakin.co.uk.

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