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06-02-2016 12:44 AM

So I’m milling an ash log on my trusty bandsaw. Bam the blade snaps. I suppose most of the loud bowel loosening racket comes from the upper wheel. Anyway I think I may have over tweaked the year and a half old Woodslicer. It was getting pretty dull.
I quit for the day. It was hot as blazes and I did not want to install the new Woodslicer hanging on the wall in the heat. Well today the new blade went on. WOW, I had forgotten how nice the new ones cut. I finished milling the ash. Next I needed to resaw some birdseye maple for a drawer front. The new blade sailed through both with such ease I had to double check to see if it was maple. A few swipes with some 150 grit and the maple was perfect.
I’m sending the other saw blades out for sharpening now. Working with sharp tools is so much more enjoyable.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 06-02-2016 01:26 AM

Love those woodslicers and have only broken one so far. Don,t know if you would want to do it but you can sharpen very easily. There is a couple guys on here who have written how they do it. I tried it and it really works. Used to put on a new one every 3 to 4 months. Now have one on for almost a year and just sharpened it for the third time an it still works good for tall resaws. Good luck. Just ask in search box.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 01:54 AM

See Roland Johnson about all things band saw. There are ways to lubricate blades, and I don’t remember what they are (I don’t use mine much). Also, there’s much to be said about the twisting that takes place hen sawing irregular thing like logs. That’s probably why it snapped. From twisting that caused friction against the guides. But, I do agree that sharp is a very good thing. I want a grown-up band saw, so bad, I can taste it. My little bench-top is a putz.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 12:02 PM

Glad you didn’t get hurt

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 06-02-2016 02:09 PM

I suspect most of the noise is coming from the upper wheel at it shoots up fast and hard to the stop. I’ve reminded myself of the same joy of using sharp tools as well, specifically when flipping or changing out planer blades. I usually wait way too long before doing so trying to get every last little bit out of them to save money. They still cut ok when dull, but the depth of cut I can take is usually measured in thousandths instead of 32th’s of an inch especially with wider boards. It’s amazing how much can be hogged off even with a bench top planer using sharp instead of dull blades.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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