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Machine mods, oddities, and fix-ups #10: Bandsaw blade coil stock

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Blog entry by Loren posted 426 days ago 994 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve started buying coils and soldering my own blades.

This is a Nicholson old stock (no longer made) 5/8 3tpi wood
cutting band coil. It is 100’ and I paid $69 shipped for it.

I’ll get 11 blades for my 104” bandsaw (INCA 710) at a
price per blade of about $6.25. For comparison, Lee Valley
sells 1/2” x 3tpi welded blades for my saw for $25 each.

I buy the coil stock on ebay… I have yet to see 1/2” x 3tpi
stock at such a nice price.

My saw takes up to 1” wide blades so going with 5/8”
is not a problem.

Cutting, scarfing and soldering a blade takes about 10 minutes.

-- http://lawoodworking.com



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#1 posted 425 days ago

That’s quite a saving you are making, I was always under the impression that you needed a specialized machine costing thousands to join the ends together. Nice one.

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BBF

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#2 posted 425 days ago

Renners if you don’t want to solder them together you can use one of these not costing thousands of dollars.
www.grizzly.com/products/Blade-Welder-1-2-KVA-1-8-1-2-/T10499
www.grizzly.com/products/Blade-Welder-4-2-KVA-3-8-3-4-/T10500
These are very similar to the bandsaw welders we use to the toolrooms that I have worked in.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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Loren

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#3 posted 425 days ago

I use something like this:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,41036,41048&p=41049

I bought it originally for repairing skinny blades that break
easily.

Instructions by Bob Vaughn here:

http://wiki.vintagemachinery.org/BandsawBladeSoldering.ashx

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#4 posted 424 days ago

I’ve always wanted to weld together a band saw blade stock. But I have no equipment for it. Anyway, cool one.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 423 days ago

I don’t weld them, I solder them. Big difference.

My soldering set up sells for about $35 these days.
Useful if you ever break blades too.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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