Saw Filer

Repair bandsaws, handsaws, and circular saw blades.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Saw Filers do?

Repairs bandsaw, handsaw, and circular saw blades according to customer’s or manufacturer’s specifications, using handtools, machine tools, and welding equipment: Examines saw for defects. Cuts broken teeth from saw, using power shear [SHEAR OPERATOR I]. Forms teeth on saw blade by beveling joints on grinder and welding or brazing them together. Brazes or welds cracks in saw blades. Straightens twists and kinks in blades, using straightening press, and hammers out dents in blade on metal table. Adjusts cutting width of teeth, using swage or special pliers. Computes number and angle of teeth to produce specified cut. Clamps blade in saw-filing machine and turns handwheel to adjust distance between teeth, angle of bevel, and depth of cut of file or abrasive wheel. Starts machine that automatically grinds and files saw teeth. May be designated according to type of saw sharpened as Band-Saw Filer; Circular-Saw Filer.


Should I be a Saw Filer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Circular-Saw Filer, Filer Repairer, Saw Fitter, Saw Straightener

    How to become a Saw Filer

    Most Saw Filers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9taaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2824%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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