Just before the break    
Band Saw Blade
© Frank Ford, 2009; Photos by FF 

A vertical band saw may be one of the safest tools to cut wood or metal, but there is always the danger of a blade breaking and going in an unexpected direction. We all know to keep our hands away from the blade for just that reason.

If you should see your blade doing this kind of dance, you'd better stop the saw immediately:

A blade that wobbles in and out is surely damaged, and may well be about to break.

Here's a closeup of the problem:

'nuff said. . .

I was lucky to catch this one before it broke, so I took a series of still photos to put together the little animation above.

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