It is important to know the SFM for the various speed settings of your band saw, so that you can select the proper speed for cutting wood or other materials. Check the operator's manual of your band saw to determine the
SFM or use the following procedure:
1. Determine the RPM: check the operator's manual or clock the revolutions per minute of the wheels with a tachometer or revolution counter.
2. Measure the diameter of the drive wheel in inches and multiply by .262 to obtain the wheel circumference. The RPM times circumference equals the surface speed of the blade. RPM x diameter in inches x .262 = SFM.
NOTE: Olson Spring Steel Wood Cutting Band Saw Blades should never be operated at surface speeds above 3000 SFM.
Olson Carbon Hard Edge Flexible Back Band Saw Blades may be run up to 6000 SFM.
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