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How do you store your bandsaw blades?

by JesseTutt
posted 10-07-2012 03:52 AM


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Manitario

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 04:05 AM

Hung from a nail on the wall!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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felkadelic

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 04:06 AM

I only have 4-5 blades so I just coil them up and store them in the cabinet below my G0555X

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 02:50 AM

I CANNOT get the hang of coiling those blades (especially the 1” wide ones) so I hang em on the wall. I have looked at all the videos but I’m just dyslexic when it comes to coiling these up. The main reason for coiling them up for me is to be able to soak them in Simple Green.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Charlie

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 03:18 AM

If you hold it in front of you, picture that you are holding a big oval. On your right hand, your thumb is up, on your left hand your thumb is down. Now make like you’re going to make them the opposite of what they are. Rotate your left hand so your thumb is up and your right hand so your thumb is down. Do it slowly and the blade will coil itself. Practice with a 1/4 or 3/8 blade. Might want to wear gloves until you get it, but once you do, you’ll kick yourself at how easy it is. I hadn’t done it in almost 30 years, but after 2 or 3 tries it came back to me and I can coil ‘em right up again.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 03:20 AM

Charlie, I’ll give that a try and get back to you. This method will wind up with 3 coils?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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riverguy

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 03:51 AM

Charlie, Thanx for the detailed instructions! I, too, am bandsaw-blade-coiling-challenged. Funny, sometimes I try it and the blade just flips into the 3-loop coil. But most of the time after a few painful tries, I just let them hang on their nail, all the while smirking at me. :)

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com

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patron

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 03:55 AM

from a PM i just sent andy

the easiest way to ‘fold’ a bandsaw blade

is to step on it on the floor
(holding it in front of you)
and twist it from the top
it will start to kink up
bring your hand down
and it will coil into three

if you keep going further (twisting)
it will go to five
(like they come sometimes)

-- 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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patron

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 04:26 AM

this is a 1/2” x 144” blade

-- 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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Surfside

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 02:08 PM

After coiling, I tie them with a 4” rope. Just to make sure it’s safe from getting away from the coil.

-- "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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HorizontalMike

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 02:20 PM

PATRON! What the xxx..?

Not only are you coiling your BS blades, YOU DO IT BAREFOOT?! Geez!...

To quote a character actor named “Dildo” in an old B-movie staring Charlie Sheen called “Beyond The Law”... ”... You have B—lls that clank!...”

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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patron

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 02:28 PM

keep the foot firm on the blade
bigger chance of thumb hurting

of course i don’t use my foot to uncoil
i have a welders suit for that

-- 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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jackass

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 02:36 PM

Like Manitario. I’m on blood thinners, if I try to coil one up, and it bites me, I could bleed to death. Soooo, I uncoil them and run like hell in the opposite direction. Then hang them on the wall.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#13 posted 10-08-2012 02:37 PM

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TheDane

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#14 posted 10-08-2012 02:54 PM

I coil them like Patron (bit not barefoot!), then store them in empty pizza boxes. I put two blades in a box with a cardboard separator.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Surfside

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#15 posted 10-08-2012 03:34 PM

Gerry, haven’t thought of that.

-- "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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ClayandNancy

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#16 posted 10-08-2012 04:06 PM

Gerry is that after or before you eat the pizza?

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404 - Not Found

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#17 posted 10-08-2012 05:11 PM

What a great eco-friendly tip from TheDane. Thin and crispy for the 1/4”, double crust for the 3/4”.

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bobmcc81

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#18 posted 10-08-2012 05:50 PM

I’m a fan of holding the blade like I’m driving a car then twisting my wrists in the opposite directions of one another. Works for me but probably no better than the other suggestions here.

My contribution to this post is the uncoiling part. Being of thin skin and the annoyance of blood I just throw the coiled blade out in the yard. Impact in the grass springs it to life every time. I and then go pick it up uncoiled.

Bob

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Moron

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#19 posted 10-08-2012 10:01 PM

I step on the blade, hold band saw in each hand with thumbs pointing away form me, and swing arms in front of me.

So simple after you’ve done it a gazillion time’s

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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TheDane

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#20 posted 10-08-2012 11:50 PM

ClayandNancy—Doesn’t matter … arrive here, pizza doesn’t last long enough to get cold anyway.

Actually, I just went into a neighborhood pizza joint and asked for some extra boxes. They just wanted me to be a happy customer.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#21 posted 10-08-2012 11:56 PM

I have my blades hanging on three long nails in the wall. The nails are wrapped with duct tape. I spaced the nails so that the blades are in a “relaxed” position. It’s pretty easy to choose the one that I want, but I always wear gloves just in case.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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gfadvm

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#22 posted 10-09-2012 01:11 AM

Well, I promised to report back: Charlies method didn’t work for me as those 1” blades are too stiff to twist by hand (for me) but David’s method of standing on the blade worked great (but I did have shoes on). I got 4 coils and may try for 5 so they will fit in my bucket to soak. David’s tips have yet to fail me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Surfside

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#23 posted 10-09-2012 01:41 PM

Ask David his secret in doing 5 coils.

-- "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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Bill White

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#24 posted 10-09-2012 01:50 PM

WELDER’S SUIT????
Patron, that’s your best one yet. Now come get the coffee off my ‘puter screen.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Tennessee

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#25 posted 10-09-2012 02:02 PM

If you only have the Grizzly 17”, you do not have blade storage. I keep mine in my little Porter Cable 14” unit, which has a nice cabinet on the bottom. And some Klingspor end cut rolls, and a lot of dust…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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joewilliams

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#26 posted 10-09-2012 02:26 PM

......why does it smell like pepperoni when I’m resawing…???

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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OggieOglethorpe

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#27 posted 10-09-2012 02:32 PM

Patron is AWESOME!

Barefoot and barehanded!

Gerry’s pizza box idea is great! I needed a reason to get a pizza for lunch today, too…

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Surfside

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#28 posted 10-09-2012 02:56 PM

Hey, I’m thinking of re sawing a 12” pizza! Want some?

-- "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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pierce85

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#29 posted 10-09-2012 04:13 PM

Gerry, your pizza box suggestion is genius!

My method for unfolding blades:

1. Walk upstairs.
2. Open the bedroom door.
3. Throw the blade towards the mattress – needs a soft landing.
4. Close the door quickly.
5. Realize the wife was still in bed.
6. Call 911 and my marriage counselor… again.

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404 - Not Found

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#30 posted 10-09-2012 04:19 PM

Patron is Chuck Norris

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gfadvm

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#31 posted 10-10-2012 12:22 AM

Four coils got them to 14” which will fit in my soak pan!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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hairy

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#32 posted 10-10-2012 12:40 AM

In the box the blade came in.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#33 posted 10-10-2012 12:01 PM

hmmmmm four coils. You are a magician!

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Surfside

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#34 posted 10-10-2012 02:41 PM

+1, wait, who’s Patron?

-- "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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