1060 – 05 – Figuring Out Tooth Spacing
Tooth spacing is determined by shape and amount of the material to be cut. Be sure that the piece or bundles of pieces be measured by its greatest width. When using a vertical band saw, measure material from top to bottom; measure side to side when using a horizontal band saw.
Your measurement determines which blade you will need to deploy. A general rule to follow is 3-6-12-24. This means you should have at least 3 teeth, and at the most 24 teeth, touching the material at any point. The premium number of teeth that should touch the material is between 6-12.
When the proper TPI is selected, you are more efficient and lower your cost per cut. Manufacturers provide assist with your choice.
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