OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 25 Tools, Equipment and Machinery

Section 379 Band saw wheels

This section outlines the specific requirements for rim thickness of band saw wheels. Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer or certified by a professional engineer, a cast steel band saw wheel that is 25 millimetres inboard from the rim edge must have a minimum rim thickness of:

Table 25.3 Rim thickness of band saw wheels

Wheel Diameter

Minimum Rim Thickness

up to and including 1.8 metres

14 millimetres

greater than 1.8 metres to 2.75 metres

16 millimetres

more than 2,75 metres

17.5 millimetres

Band saw wheels that are more than 1.2 metres in diameter must be tested for cracks at least once every 12 calendar months by a competent worker.

A band saw wheel that has been exposed to excessive heat must be removed from service until the wheel manufacturer or a professional engineer certifies that it is safe for continued use.

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