Band Saw Maintenance

Bandsaw maintenance is essential for several reasons, as it ensures the proper functioning and longevity of the equipment while promoting safety and efficiency. Here are some of the key reasons why maintaining a band saw is important:


A well-maintained band saw is less likely to cause accidents or injuries. Regular band saw maintenance helps identify and address potential safety issues, such as worn-out parts, loose bolts, or damaged components, reducing the risk of accidents during operation.


Proper maintenance ensures that the band saw operates at its optimal performance level. Regularly cleaning, sharpening, and adjusting blades enhances their cutting efficiency, reduces the motor’s strain, and boosts the machine’s overall productivity.


Regular maintenance can save money in the long run. By identifying and addressing minor issues early on, you can prevent them from turning into major problems that require costly repairs or replacements.

Machine Longevity

Proper maintenance of band saws typically extends their lifespan. Lubricating moving parts, keeping the machine clean, and replacing worn-out components will extend the life of the equipment, maximizing your investment.


Consistent band saw maintenance helps ensure consistent and accurate cutting results. As the saw stays in proper alignment and the blade remains sharp, you’ll achieve more accurate cuts, reducing material waste and improving the quality of the finished products.

Reduced Downtime

A properly maintained band saw is less likely to experience unexpected breakdowns or malfunctions. By adhering to a regular maintenance schedule, you can minimize unplanned downtime and keep your production running smoothly.


In certain industries, regular equipment maintenance is a regulatory requirement. Adhering to maintenance schedules and keeping proper records may be necessary to meet safety and operational standards.

Employee Satisfaction

A well-maintained band saw is easier and safer to operate. Employees will appreciate working with equipment that is in good condition, as it contributes to a more pleasant and efficient work environment.

To ensure the effective maintenance of a band saw, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance tasks, including cleaning, lubrication, and blade replacement. Additionally, regular inspections by qualified personnel can help catch potential issues before they escalate, ensuring the band saw remains a reliable and safe tool for your metalworking needs.

Always follow manufacturer guidelines and recommendations for band saw maintenance.

Daily Band Saw Maintenance For your KAAST HBS

Clean the chips behind the wheels

The entire area of the wheel houses should be opened up and swept out using a small brush at least once a week. Allowing excessive chip build up inside the wheel houses allows for debris to potentially damage bearings and shafts. Also, chips between the blade and the blade groove on the wheel can cause damage and/or premature wear to the blade.

band saw screw type chip conveyor

Clean the chip tray and conveyor

Checking and cleaning the chip tray (and conveyor if installed) is an important part of band saw maintenance. Check for and remove any clumps of band saw chips that may have formed, inhibiting the coolant from being able to rinse the chips into the colander. Inspect screw-type conveyor systems for damage. Ensure the fins are in good shape and that the entire shaft is able to turn freely.

Clean the coolant colander and oil tank

The chip trays of the KAAST HBS bandsaws feature both a coarse colander for catching large chips and a fine screen cartridge filter for smaller chips. This ensures maximum protection for the coolant pump from damage caused by debris getting into the system. It is important to empty the chip drawer as needed, based on chip accumulation and sawing habits.

Wipe down the vise block

Ensuring the cut line on the table is clean and allows for material to move easily across is a step of bandsaw maintenance you don’t want to miss. It is also important that the entire vise and housing are cleaned and inspected regularly for wear and or damage.

Lubricate the moving parts of the vise

Applying a good quality lubricant to all moving parts of the vise ensures smooth operation. It also helps to prevent rust, extending the life of your saw.

cleaning the shaft

Clean and lubricate the vise shaft

Chips and debris can build up in the gutter where the vise shaft sits. Keeping this area clean and lubricating the shaft will ensure smooth motion and prevent rust.

Clear out coolant lines

Even with aggressive chip blocking, some debris will eventually make its way into the coolant system. To confirm even coolant flow during sawing, clearing the coolant lines of this debris is an important part of bandsaw maintenance. Loosen the connections at the valves and use pressurized air to clear the lines.

band saw coolant hoses

Clear chips from tensioning rails

The tensioning rails should be wiped down and checked for damage periodically.

tensioning rails of band saw

Weekly Bandsaw Maintenance

Check gear box oil level

Keeping the gear box at the proper oil level is crucial to safe-guarding the gears inside.

Check hydraulic oil tank level

Most saws have either a sight glass or a dip stick to check hydraulic fluid levels quickly and accurately. Too much hydraulic fluid may cause ‘burping’, where excess hydraulic fluid is released from a valve on the tank when pressure causes it to expand. Too little hydraulic fluid will result in the hydraulic components not functioning properly due to lack of pressure.

Monthly Bandsaw Maintenance

Lubricate, lubricate, lubricate

Proper bandsaw maintenance includes lubricating both the drive and idle wheels, the tensioning sledge, the moveable arm, and linear sledge as shown below. Apply a high quality machine grease into the fittings monthly.

lubricating band saw drive wheel
lubricating tensioning sledge on a band saw
lubricating moveable arm is part of band saw maintenance
lubricating linear sledge on band saw

Check important moving parts

Your chip brush helps to keep your blade clean by sweeping away the chips as the blade passes. Wear or damage eventually renders these brushes useless. It is important to check that the brush turns freely and that the bristles are not damaged or missing.

Loose wheel bolts can allow the wheel to wobble, allowing the blade to damage the groove on the wheel and reducing the life span of your blade significantly. Checking that wheel bolts are hand tight is a part of bandsaw maintenance you don’t want to miss.

band saw chip brush
tightening band saw wheel bolts

Top off or replace coolant

As part of your monthly maintenance, check coolant levels and quality. The coolant tank should be filled to the line, just below the top of the tank. To determine if you should top off or fully replace your coolant, check for the following: Coolant should not be foamy or have a bad smell. Foam and/or a bad smell indicates that the fluid has been contaminated with bacterial, viral, or fungal agents and need to be fully replaced. Rub a few drops of coolant between your fingers. If debris can be felt this shows that the coolant has been used to the point that micro chips have gotten into the system and the coolant should be replaced to ensure chips are being rinsed away instead of added. If your coolant does not show foam, have a bad smell, and is not loaded with micro-chips, you can top it off to the fill line. Otherwise, properly dispose of the used coolant according to local guidelines and regulations and refill with fresh coolant.

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Utilize top-notch coolant like Lenox Band-Ade when cutting steel with bandsaws. Dilute the coolant concentrate in a ratio of 10 parts water to 1 part concentrate. Many KAAST HBS owners add two quarts of coolant concentrate to a five gallon bucket and then fill with water to create the proper ratio. Keep this bucket near the saw for topping off the coolant tank as needed. Most HBS coolant reservoirs are 5.25 gallon capacity, so this is also an effective method of mixing coolant for complete replacement.

Set a Band Saw Maintenance Schedule

By assigning the responsibility for maintaining the saw, you can ensure its operational continuity. Create and ensure easy access to SOP documents for daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance tasks by assigned staff. Proper bandsaw maintenance will ensure your saw runs smoothly and extend the machine life.

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