100" plus band saw blades?

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Forum topic by MRod posted 12-10-2009 06:03 AM 1145 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2009 06:03 AM

Hi folks,

What do you folks know about buying 100” plus band saw blades. Is this some economical way of purchasing blades by cutting and what welding them together? Is this economical for the amateur wood worker?

I feel like I am going through a lot of blades.

Steel WoodWorking Bandsaw Blade 137”, 3/4” wide, 3TPI, Hook, .032” thickness


-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado by way of Brooklyn!

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 06:19 AM

I just tried to look up a woodworkers mag that has an excellent article on this and lists of suppliers for the blades in 100 foot rolls, the flux and the silver solder. There is even a jig to hold the ends for soldering. It’s too cold out there this evening, but I’ll find it for you tomorrow.

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 03:16 PM

I haven’t done it yet, but would like to buy in bulk also. I just need to get through this slow winter first!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 02:04 AM

I’ve been thru all my mags. It must have been in the stack I dropped at the VA clinic. I’l go over there and see if I can find the article Friday. I never meant to lose that article.

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 02:11 AM

I think you need to figure out how many blades you are going through to see if it would be economical to do your own. You have to have the equipment to do it, the skill and patience to do it, and you have to figure out what kind of blade stock you want to get (high quality, etc.). Once you figure out your costs, not only in $$$ but in time, then you can see if it’s economical to do it.

I just wait for fantastic sales then stock up! :)

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#5 posted 12-26-2009 05:01 AM

An excellent article in Popular Woodworking, June 2008, #169 page 62.

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#6 posted 12-26-2009 05:41 AM

I’ve welded my own blades for over 35 years. It is something that anyone can do.

I’ve bought a lot of blade at a metal salvage store. They buy and sell metal working equipment.
But that was in St. Louis about 30 years ago.

I bought resawing blade stock from a company that stated they only carried it in 250’ rolls. I asked them to put a note on the box and stop cutting for customer blades when they get to 100’ and then sell me the box. They did.

I’ve also bought on ebay, and also walking into tooling supply house and buying their stocked items.

I’ve considereded to post a blog here on LJ on how to weld blades but I haven’t had to weld any in a while. When I weld up blades I usually do a half a dozen or so of different kinds of blade stock so I’ve got some made up when I need one.

I use regular silver solder not the kit that you can buy at woodcraft. The solder I’ve got I’ve also had for over 30 years so I haven’t had to buy any lately. With the price of silver it’s probably up there in price.

I electrically welded my 1/16” and 1/8” blades and silver soldered my 1/4 and up blades. I’ve probably welded 1 1/2” blade as my widest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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