Bandsaws are widely considered to be a safe tool to operate, provided you follow the instructions and operate it with care. Woodworkers are used to using gloves for a variety of tasks, and a common question is whether or not they should use them when operating bandsaws.
Although it seems like a good idea to protect your hands, it’s actually more dangerous to wear gloves when using a band saw. The saw blade could grab the glove and pull your hand into the saw.
It is better to keep your work area clean and keep your hands and body at least 10-15 cm away from the blade. If you need to do close work, it’s safer to use a coping saw to make close cuts.
When it comes to the world of power saws, you'll find that the bandsaw is relatively safe. Accident data provided by the OSHA shows the bandsaw to be responsible for far less accidents than the table saw, which is known to be a much more dangerous power saw.
However, all power tools present dangers, especially if you don't review the safety procedures for the particular saw.
Band saws are not considered to be dangerous, especially when you take into consideration that they are a power saw. However, bear in mind that all power tools are dangerous and capable of causing serious injuries.
Here are a few general safety tips for using your bandsaw:
Any loose clothing is dangerous when your operating a band saw. You should also avoid wearing rings, jewelry, watches, and ties when you are running a band saw or any power saw.
You should wear safety goggles or glasses, a dust mask, and hearing protection whenever you are using dangerous power tools, like band saws and circular saws.
You should not wear gloves when you use power tools with spinning parts, like a powerful drill, router, or drill press. The fabric of the glove could catch and get twisted up into the spinning mechanism and pull your fingers and hand into the drill or router bit, and cause serious injuries.
You should wear eye protection, though. Do not just settle for glasses, as these can shatter when a piece of material hits them. Get a pair that has shatter resistant or tempered glass.
You should never wear gloves when you use a circular saw, the fabric of the glove can get caught in the blades of the saw and pull your hand into the saw blade. Any kind of loose fabric can get caught in the moving parts of a circular saw and cause serious injury.
However, it is a good idea to wear heavy gloves when you are changing the blade on your bandsaw or circular saw. If the machine is not running and you are handling sharp saw blades, then gloves can serve as protection from cuts and scrapes.
Be mindful of the safety considerations for your bandsaw, and make sure you operate according to the best safety practices to avoid injury. Whether operating a power saw or drill, you never want to wear gloves. They can catch in the blade and increase your risk for injury.