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    Bandsaw speed

    I have a two speed bandsaw. According to the manual 1450 ft/min is recommended for hardwoods and the 3000 ft/min is for all other timbers (softwood I presume). I read an article recently that said to use high speed for all woods and low speed for metal. Any advice?

    Thank you, DKT

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    I run mine on high speed for all wood, I don't cut metal on mine but if I did it would be at low speed.
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    Join Date
    May 2009
    Poway, CA, near San Diego
    Hi folks,
    1450 is still way too fast for any metal except aluminum.
    I have a metal/wood bandsaw that has a gearbox to reduce the speed to about 60 fpm (yes, 60) That's the speed you need for steel.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    High speed for all woods here too.
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    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    My bandsaw only has one speed so I guess I use high speed for all woods... don't do metal on it... only metal I ever cut is brass tubes occasionally and I use an older Ryobi for that... so as not to ruin my wood blade.
    Tellico Plains, TN
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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    I do the same as Don. I use only high speed. I do not cut metal. I have not had any problems.
    I mainly use 4 tpi half inch blades.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Lincoln AR
    Ya high speed works, if you have cherry and a dull blade you might slow it don't to keep from burning it, but you don't run dull blades do ya? You might consider a cheap 42 inch horizontal saw for your metal needs. Morse make a variable tooth blade that well cut all metals (aluminum included). it has 14 teeth to 10 teeth, all on the same blade that's all I run on my metal saw .

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Mine is two speed also but I have never used the slow.
    For big chunks of hardwood I just go easy on the feed.
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