If you’re wanting to know how to fold a bandsaw blade, then lets start off here and show you the best way. Band saw blades are conveniently stored if they are coiled. Usually they are coiled in three loops. For packaging purposes, however, long blades are usually coiled in five loops.
Tips On How To Fold A Bandsaw Blade
To coil a blade in three loops:
First of all hold the blade vertically with both hands as when putting it on the saw, with the teeth pointing toward you.
Let the bottom of the blade slip under the toe of one foot. While holding the blade at about the middle between the thumb and fore finger, extend your arms from each side of your body and at the same time turn the teeth in, thus permitting the top half of the blade to fall away from you.
Bring your hands together and swing the loop until it comes to rest on your instep. After letting the portion of the blade held in your hands cross, pick up the loop resting on your instep, and raise it to the position of the top loop. The blade is now ready for storage.
To uncoil a blade with three loops:
Hold all three loops in your right hand with the teeth pointing to the left. With the left hand select a loop at random until one is above the two crossed loops below. Then, with the left hand still holding one loop, reach down and grasp the loose loop.
While holding the two loops firmly in the left hand, let go of the loops held in the right hand. The blade is now held in the middle by the left hand and is full length.
Hold on to one loop in the left hand, and grasp the other with the right hand. The blade is now unfolded and ready for installation.
To coil a blade in five loops:
Repeat the steps given for coiling a blade in three loops.
When three loops are formed, pull two of them together making them small and leaving one large loop. Hold the two small loops in your left hand and grasp the large loop in the middle with your right hand, with the teeth pointing toward you.
Place the bottom of the large loop under the toe of one foot. With the thumb and forefinger, turn the teeth in and let the top half of the large loop fall away from you. Bring your hands together and let this loop rest on top of your instep. Cross the blade held in the right and left hands, the right over the left. Reach down and grasp the loop resting on your instep and raise it to the position of the top loops. The blade is now coiled in five loops.
To uncoil a blade with five loops:
Hold all five loops in the right hand with the teeth pointing toward the left. With the left hand select the loop the ends of which combine in forming the two loops held in the right hand. With the left hand still holding one loop, reach down and grasp all three loose loops and drop the loops held in the right hand.
You are now holding two small loops and a large loop held in the middle. With your right hand grasp the two small loops and one side of the large loop and drop the loop held in your left hand. As the blade is now in three loops, follow the procedure for uncoiling a three loop blade. In conclusion, that ladies & gents is how to fold a bandsaw blade quickly and easily.
Finally we’d like to suggest you wear good quality gloves, to prevent cutting your hand or fingers.