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12" bandsaw - Cuts acrylic nicely!
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:53:32 PM »
I used the new 12" bandsaw the other day to cut some .090 (IIRC) acrylic. If you buy acrylic in sheets and need to cut it down to fit in the laser cutter, the new bandsaw makes quick work of it without lots of acrylic scratching vibration or the large kerf of a table saw.



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Re: 12" bandsaw - Cuts acrylic nicely!
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 03:15:47 PM »
Also cut myself a small block of aluminum on the thing the other night, that cuts awesome as well!

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Re: 12" bandsaw - Cuts acrylic nicely!
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 09:06:47 PM »
what bands do we have for it, does anyone know?


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Re: 12" bandsaw - Cuts acrylic nicely!
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 10:16:17 AM »
There are three, they are all "medium" by my eye - a pack of assorted blades is $22 at Sears IIRC.


These things are really not designed for metal, but as Tony pointed out, they can do small / soft stuff without a problem.


 




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Re: 12" bandsaw - Cuts acrylic nicely!
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2012, 12:12:53 AM »
If you want to cut aluminum or brass it is best to have a course or skip tooth blade and slow the speed down if possible.  Aluminum will quickly clog a fine toothed blade.  Ideally you should have a blade for soft metals and another for plastics.  If you use the same blade for both you will quickly dull the blade and it will start burning or melting through the plastic.
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Re: 12" bandsaw - Cuts acrylic nicely!
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2012, 11:03:17 AM »
Make sure the angle adjust lock is engaged before cutting.  If it is not the angle will change while you work and end up binding and possibly breaking the blade.
 
Also there is an ellen wrench located in a small hole on the very front left corner of the table (as you stand facing the machine).  This if for adjusting the blade guides.  Please make sure it stays with the bandsaw.
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