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WHAT IS BLADE BREAK-IN?
A new band saw blade has razor sharp tooth tips.
In order to withstand the cutting pressures used
in band sawing, tooth tips should be honed to
form a micro-fine radius. Failure to perform this
honing will cause microscopic damage to the
tips of the teeth, resulting in reduced blade life
Why Break-In a Band Saw Blade?
Completing a proper break-in on a new band saw
blade will dramatically increase its life
BLADE BREAK-IN
Getting Long Life from a New Band Saw Blade
NEW
BLADE
WITH
BREAK-IN
WITHOUT
BREAK-IN
BI -METAL BAND SAW BLADES
HOW TO BREAK IN A BLADE
Select the proper band speed for the material to be cut
(see chart on page 32)
Reduce the feed force/rate to achieve a cutting rate 20% to 50%
of normal (soft materials require a larger feed rate reduction than
harder materials)
Begin the first cut at the reduced rate. Make sure the teeth are
forming a chip. Small adjustments to the band speed may be
made in the event of excessive noise/vibration
During the first cut, increase feed rate/force slightly once the
blade fully enters the workpiece
With each following cut, gradually increase feed rate/force until
normal cutting rate is reached
FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE WITH BREAK-IN PROCEDURES,
CONTACT LENOX TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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