How to Measure a Bandsaw Blade?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  March 18, 2022
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When you want flawless cuts on your wood pieces, a properly measured bandsaw blade is a must. As the length and width of bandsaw blades vary with different tasks, you should use a blade according to your project type. If you have been searching for hours on how to measure a bandsaw blade, this article puts an end to your search. Buckle up as you will know the easiest guidelines for measuring bandsaw blades by the end of this article.

Measuring Bandsaw Blades

Every wood and metal workshop is dependent on bandsaw blades for various tasks. If you are not familiar with these blades at all, any nearest workshop can help you out regarding this. But you can also measure a blade at home with some tools that are easily available in every household. In this article, we have tried to cover up all the methods that are convenient for measuring a bandsaw blade all by yourself.

Things You Will Need

  • Bandsaw blade
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking pen
  • Scotch tape

Step 1 – Measuring Wheels

If you are just getting the bandsaw blade of your cutting machine for the first time, there is nothing to worry about because you can still get the measurement from the bandsaw wheels.
Measuring band saw wheels
In this case, measure the distance from the band wheels to the center hub, which we will consider as C. Determine the radius of the two wheels. Now that you have all these measurements, use this formula to determine the length of the bandsaw blade – (R1×3.1416) + (R2×3.1416) + (2×C) = length of the bandsaw blade

Step 2 – Determining the Starting Point

While measuring the bandsaw blade, make a mark on the blade from which you will measure it. Use a tape on the floor, and mark on it to determine the starting point so that the blade can come back to this mark.

Step 3 – Rolling the Blade

Create one rotation of the blade on a straight line. Hold it with your feet to secure the blade at one place, and mark that point by putting another tape.

Step 4 – Final Measurement

Now measure the distance between those two marks on the tape, and you will get the length of your bandsaw blade.

Final Words

By taking the precise measurement, you can get the right blade for a specific task. You may have the best bandsaw but if you cannot fix the right length of the blade you have to face problems during using it for a specific task. Hopefully, these step-by-step procedures made it easier for you to understand how to measure a bandsaw blade by yourself.

I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.