Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – Vertical Bandsaw




  • Ensure the guard doors are closed and the blade is properly adjusted prior to turning on the machine.
  • Adjust the upper guard assembly to within 1/4 inch of the stock prior to starting the machine. Set the band saw at the appropriate speed for the type of stock being machined.
  • Check to ensure the band saw blade is sharpened.
  • Check to ensure the band saw is correct for the type of stock and correct speed being used.
  • Allow the saw to reach full set speed prior to cutting stock.
  • Do not force stock into the saw blade. Let the speed of the blade cut stock appropriately.
  • Make “release” cuts before cutting long curves.
  • Plan saw cuts to avoid backing out of curves in the stock.
  • Never push a piece of stock with hands in front of the saw blade.  Use a push stick. Keep hands at a safe distance on either side of the stock being machined.
  • Use a push stick or board to push small or irregular sized stock.  Small work pieces can also be secured with a tabletop vise or clamp.
  • All round stock must be secured in a tabletop vise or clamp prior to starting the cut.
  • Hold the stock flat on the table prior to starting the cut.
  • If the saw blade binds on a piece of stock, turn the saw off and wait until it comes to a complete stop before attempting to remove the blade from the stock.
  • Do not allow large quantities of chips to accumulate around the work piece or drill press table. After stopping the machine, use a brush or rag to remove all excess chips from the drill press table and stock.