We have a bandsaw in the workshop. This is used for making long straight cuts in sheet material, like acrylic or plywood. Please don't use it unless you've had a safety briefing - it is very easy to accidentally injure yourself with it.

The bandsaw will fill up with dust internally over time, so please open the case and hoover out inside periodically.


The bandsaw has a replaceable wooden insert in the table. If this is too loose, wobbles, is chipped, or has an excessively large hole, it may need replacing. There are spares in the blades box, but if they have all been used, you will need to make more.

  1. Obtain some 6mm ply. Cut into 50x50mm squares.
  2. Smooth the edges on the sander, to remove the rough parts. If the blanks are slightly too wide, correct this now.
  3. Round the corners of the blanks - the disc sander is good for this. This does not need to be perfect, but needs to be done or they will not fit.
  4. Set the fence to be in line with the edge of the slot, and with the old insert in, make a cut until the new insert aligns with the old. Do not cut the blank in two.
  5. Place the spare ones in the container in the blades box. (It is significantly easier to make lots at once)

Elu/DeWalt Bandsaw DW738

  • Power input 760W
  • Cutting speed m/min 330/800
  • Motor speed min-1 2,800
  • Max. cutting height 155mm
  • Max. cutting width 310mm
  • Table size 380 x 380mm
  • Table inclination 0 - 45°
  • Overall height mm 970
  • Overall width mm 510
  • Overall depth mm 660
  • Weight kg 23
  • Fuse - 13A

Replacement Blades

This tool takes 2095mm long blades.

For the blade width

  • Small blade = 4.7625mm (3/16")
  • Average blade = 9.5mm (3/8")
  • Big blade = 12mm (1/2")

Ideally the average size one is the one we use 9.5mm (3/8"). You might find a smaller one in the blue box

Supplier of Bandsaw blades


File:Elu-EBS3401---B-BANDSAW--(EBS3401---B-Type-1-)-illustrations.pdf Exploded diagrams of the bandsaw

File:Dw738 eur.pdf Manual for the DeWalt 738 bandsaw, a re-branded variant of our elu 3401 bandsaw


  • Wear eye protection - hot debris in the eye is not pleasant
  • Wear ear protection - this equipment is loud, and use without hearing protection can cause or exacerbate hearing loss.
  • Do NOT wear gloves, unless specifically sauitable for this equipment - gloves will provide no protection against a bandsaw unless specifically reinforced.

Risk Assessment

Company Name Manchester Hackspace
Assessment Completed by Chris Hilliard
Date 31-January-2015
Activity or area being assessed Band saw
Location Workshop

Who might be affected

Operator X
Other Members X
Visitors/Public X
Others (please describe)


Hazard Type Description of Hazard Initial Risk Action Required Final Risk
Severity Probability Rating Severity Probability Rating
Dismemberment Removal of body parts via the blade 3 3 9 Users taught the risk of use, and what injuries can be sustained if they utilise the equipment incorrectly

Users taught to keep hands away from the blade, and to use the push sticks to do so
Users taught to use the fence and guard, and to correctly level the guard for maximum safety while still allowing for the cutting of the material
Users are not to use this tool if in the space alone

3 2 6
Hearing damage The equipment is loud, especially when cutting 2 2 4 Users are advised to wear hearing protection

Users must advise other people within the space before they use the machine

2 1 2
Trap risk Risk of loose clothing, gloves, hair, or jewellery being trapped by the blade, pulling the user in to contact with the blade 3 2 6 Users are advised to wear appropriate clothing, and keep everything, apart from the material being cut, well away from the cutting blade and surface 3 1 3
Fire risk Risk of fire due to dust collecting in the casing, around the motor 4 3 12 Users are instructed on cleaning down the machine inside and out, and how to do this safely. 4 1 4

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PPE Requirements

Head Protection Eye Protection Ear Protection Respiration Protection Hand Protection High Visibility Safety Harness
Not required Required Required Not required Not required Not required Not required

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Additional Notes

Any member who wishes to use the equipment must be trained in its safe operation by an accredited person, and supervised until competent. The findings of this risk assessment should be explained to the member. Any hazards discovered during use of the equipment should be investigated and this Risk Assessment updated if necessary.

Reference source: RapMan Australia

Guide to the risk matrix points system

Hazard severity Points rating Definition
Nil 1 Very minor injury, bruise, graze, no risk of disease.
Slight 2 Minor injury, which would allow the individual to continue work after first aid treatment on site or at a local surgery. The duration of the stoppage or treatment is such that the normal flow of work is not seriously interrupted.
Moderate 3 Temporary disability causing injury or disease capable of keeping an individual off work for three days or more and reportable under RIDDOR
High 4 Causing death, serious injury or permanent disability to an individual.
Very high 5 Causing multiple deaths and widespread destruction eg. fire, building collapse.
Hazard probability Points Rating Definition
Remote possibility 1 There is really no risk present. Only under freak conditions could there be any possibility of an accident or illness. All reasonable precautions have been taken - This should be the normal state of the workplace.
Unlikely 2 This incident or illness might occur but the probability is low and the risk minimal.
Possible 3 The accident may occur if additional factors precipitate it, but it is unlikely to happen without them.
Highly likely 4 Will happen more often than not. Additional factors could precipitate an incident but it is still likely to happen without this additional factor.
Inevitable 5 If the work continues as it is, there is almost 100% certainty that an accident will happen, for example:

• A broken stair or broken rung on a ladder • Bare, exposed electrical conductors • Unstable stacks of heavy boxes

Risk Rating Definitions
Score Definition Action
1 to 4 Low No action required
5 to 9 Moderate Reduce risks if reasonably practicable
10 to 15 High Risk Priority action to be undertaken
16 to 25 Unacceptable Action must be taken IMMEDIATELY
Points System
1 Nil 2 Slight 3 Moderate 4 High 5 Very High
1 Remote L L L L M
2 Unlikely L L M M H
3 Possible L M M H H
4 Highly Likely L M H U U
5 Ineveitable M H H U U