Ps:1 Shopsmith Band Saw Module Safety Exam

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This exam will test your knowledge of basic safety procedures for the Shopsmith Band Saw Module. Note: This test is intended for use by members of Pumping Station: One, Chicago, only.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Prior to starting the band saw to make a cut, one should check the machine for:

    • A.

      Proper blade tension

    • B.

      Proper blade guard and guard adjustment

    • C.

      Proper blade alignment

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Before starting the band saw to make a cut, it is important to check the machine for proper blade tension, proper blade guard and guard adjustment, and proper blade alignment. These checks ensure that the saw is in proper working condition and will help to prevent accidents or damage during the cutting process.

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  • 2. 

    Set the blade guard and guide when:

    • A.

      Tight against the stock to help hold it down.

    • B.

      The blade is fully stopped and to a height of 1/4" above the stock.

    • C.

      1/2" above the stock.

    • D.

      The machine is off and the blade is still coasting.

    Correct Answer
    B. The blade is fully stopped and to a height of 1/4" above the stock.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to set the blade guard and guide when the blade is fully stopped and to a height of 1/4" above the stock. This ensures that the blade is in a safe position and allows for proper cutting without causing damage to the stock. Setting the blade guard and guide too tight against the stock may restrict movement and increase the risk of kickback, while setting it too high above the stock may result in inaccurate cuts. It is important to wait for the blade to fully stop before adjusting the guard and guide to prevent any accidents.

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  • 3. 

    When installed correctly the teeth of the band saw blade should point:

    • A.

      Downward towards the table and facing towards the front.

    • B.

      Upwards away from the table and facing towards the front.

    Correct Answer
    A. Downward towards the table and facing towards the front.
    Explanation
    When the teeth of the band saw blade point downward towards the table and face towards the front, it allows for efficient and effective cutting. This positioning ensures that the blade cuts into the material smoothly and reduces the risk of kickback. Additionally, facing the teeth towards the front allows for better visibility and control during the cutting process.

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  • 4. 

    The band saw blade should be where in proximity to the rear blade guide wheel roller bearing:

    • A.

      Firm and tight against it.

    • B.

      Lightly dragging on the wheel.

    • C.

      Slightly clear the wheel within 1/32'.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Slightly clear the wheel within 1/32'.
    Explanation
    The band saw blade should be slightly clear the wheel within 1/32' because having a small gap between the blade and the wheel helps to reduce friction and heat buildup. This allows for smoother operation and prolongs the life of both the blade and the wheel. Additionally, a slight clearance prevents the blade from getting stuck or binding during operation, ensuring safer and more efficient cutting.

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  • 5. 

    For control and safety, how far should your hands and fingers be away from the blade?

    • A.

      As close as you need, the band saw is very safe machine.

    • B.

      As far as practical, with a 3" minimum.

    • C.

      Within the spotlight area as long as you can see your fingers.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. As far as practical, with a 3" minimum.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "As far as practical, with a 3" minimum." This answer emphasizes the importance of keeping a safe distance from the blade while operating a band saw. It suggests that while it is necessary to have control over the machine, it is equally important to prioritize safety by maintaining a distance of at least 3 inches from the blade. This ensures that there is enough space to prevent accidental contact with the blade and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

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  • 6. 

    When cutting on the band saw:

    • A.

      Make sure your work is clamped to the table.

    • B.

      Stand on the right side of the band saw while cutting.

    • C.

      Always use a reference or a miter gauge.

    • D.

      Keep your fingers and thumbs to the side outside of the path of the blade.

    Correct Answer
    D. Keep your fingers and thumbs to the side outside of the path of the blade.
    Explanation
    This answer is correct because it emphasizes the importance of keeping fingers and thumbs away from the path of the blade while cutting on the band saw. This safety precaution is crucial to prevent accidents and injuries while operating the machine.

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  • 7. 

    Freehand sawing on the band saw should only be attempted:

    • A.

      When the work to be sawed is resting flat on the table or in a jig.

    • B.

      When you need to make an inside cut.

    • C.

      There is no wait to use a fence or a miter gauge.

    • D.

      It should never be done.

    Correct Answer
    A. When the work to be sawed is resting flat on the table or in a jig.
  • 8. 

    When sawing sharp or tight curves one should:

    • A.

      Feed the work quickly.

    • B.

      Make relief cuts that will free the blade.

    • C.

      Feed the work slowly.

    • D.

      Back the blade out of the cut when it becomes bound.

    Correct Answer
    B. Make relief cuts that will free the blade.
    Explanation
    When sawing sharp or tight curves, making relief cuts that will free the blade is the correct approach. Relief cuts are small, shallow cuts made in the material to release tension and allow the blade to maneuver easily around the curves. This technique prevents the blade from binding or getting stuck, ensuring smooth and precise cuts. Feeding the work quickly or slowly, as well as backing the blade out of the cut when it becomes bound, are not effective strategies for sawing sharp or tight curves.

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  • 9. 

    If it becomes necessary to back out of a long cut you should:

    • A.

      Continue to try to push the stock forward.

    • B.

      Carefully back the stock off the blade while the blade is running.

    • C.

      Try to turn the stock on the table.

    • D.

      Stop the machine and back to stock off of the blade.

    Correct Answer
    D. Stop the machine and back to stock off of the blade.
    Explanation
    If it becomes necessary to back out of a long cut, the safest and most appropriate action is to stop the machine and back the stock off of the blade. Continuing to try to push the stock forward can be dangerous and may result in kickback or injury. Carefully backing the stock off the blade while the blade is running is also unsafe and can lead to accidents. Trying to turn the stock on the table is not recommended as it can cause the stock to bind or kickback. Therefore, stopping the machine and backing the stock off the blade is the correct and safest course of action.

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  • 10. 

    When can cylindrical stock be cut on the band saw?

    • A.

      With the aid of another person.

    • B.

      It cannot be cut safely.

    • C.

      When using a "V" block.

    • D.

      When using a bar clamp.

    Correct Answer
    C. When using a "V" block.
    Explanation
    Cylindrical stock can be cut on the band saw when using a "V" block. This is because the "V" block provides support and stability to the cylindrical stock, preventing it from rolling or moving during the cutting process. This ensures a safer and more accurate cut. Using a "V" block also allows for better control and maneuverability of the stock while cutting, resulting in a cleaner and more precise cut.

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