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Blog entry by BigFoot Products Canada posted 08-31-2009 06:54 PM 1284 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was just wondering what the normal thickness is on most bandsaws for the insert around the blade. I have a KING and it’s wierd because it is 3/32nds? Are all bandsaws with the circular inserts 3/32nds?
I don’t know why they ever designed these things with circular inserts anyhow. I’ve seen some machines with the square ones.. at least you can make replacements for those easily enough.
Anyhow I was just wondering?



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patron

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#1 posted 08-31-2009 07:03 PM

my mini-max s-45 is 3/32
as is my delta 14”
although the inserts are not dead on ,
just slightly under .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 07:09 PM

David, my 14” Powermatic is 5/32.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-31-2009 07:32 PM

What a wierd thickness to set them at? You would have thought 1/4” but no… It has to be something that’s not readily available I guess. You pretty well have to go with aluminum or acrylic for the strength. Wood is just not strong enough. Hmmmm

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#4 posted 08-31-2009 07:52 PM

how about using 1/4” or 3/8” insert, and routing a groove around the corner to fit the 3/32” ?

I think the insert is small enough, that it doesn’t really need to support a lot of weight on it – and doesn’t necessarily needs to be as heavy duty as lets say a table saw insert.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 08-31-2009 09:07 PM

Purplev
That could be done..but what a hastle to do it.. thanks..

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Walnut_Weasel

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#6 posted 08-31-2009 09:32 PM

Luckily for me, an aftermarket insert is available for my Jet. It is made of plastic and seems plenty strong for everything I have been cutting.

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 08-31-2009 10:19 PM

Another thing you can use is 1/8” masonite.

My bandsaw insert uses 4 leveling screws to level the insert with the table, so I think the insert itself is thinner than the actual space for it – it might be 1/8” thick with the leveling screws keeping it flush with the top of the table.

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#8 posted 08-31-2009 10:28 PM

I’ve never seen one with leveling screws before? In a table ssaw yes but not in a bandsaw. Yours must be a deeper ridge than most to have that feature.
1/8” is too thin and too flimsy to use.. 1/4” would be perfect but Nooooooo they had to make it difficult..:)

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#9 posted 08-31-2009 11:03 PM

1/8” masonite is actually quite hard and strong. some places would give it to you for free…

I’m using it as the top of my drill press table, and also what I use for the replaceable inserts on the DP table.

another option is to use 1/8” phenolic – they sell 40×48” sheets of that for construction where they are used as floor savers (to protect floors from machinery, and dirt).

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#10 posted 09-02-2009 11:45 PM

My Craftsman 14” (model 22401) has a circular insert which is 2 3/4 diameter by 3/16 thick.
They are a snap in fit.

-- Eric, central Florida

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