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04-27-2017 03:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: foley carrier bar retoother 385 question blade sharpening

I just purchased a Foley model 385 retoother. It is missing the carrier bars, anyone know where I could find some?

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#1 posted 04-27-2017 12:34 PM

You might try Foley. They may be able to help.

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#2 posted 04-27-2017 02:28 PM

Thank you! No joy they no longer sell the carrier bars or ratchet bars.

I have the measurements and instructions on how to make the carrier bars, but not the ratchet bars.

I found an old post containing the spacing on some of the various bars, but need the dimensions of the bar itself with exact dimensions on the center pin and/or the location of the retaining clips/pins on either end.

I have access to a machine shop so I hope to make them if i can get the dimensions. If it all works out I’ll post the dimensions that end up working, maybe we can help someone else out.

For who ever is interested this is what I found for the spacing-

The spacing between the points (PPI):

12 PPI .0833” (2.117mm)
13 PPI .0739” (1.954mm)
14 PPi .0714” (1.814mm)
15 PPI .0666” (1.693mm)
16 PPI .0625” (1.588mm)

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 02:45 PM

Hope you can get all the parts together so it works. They are a handy tool. Wished I had the info you need but I don’t.

I had 7 handsaw saw plates that I had new teeth cut in. Really nice. One thing about punching new teeth in saw plate though or, at least when I had mine done, the machine did a nice job cutting new teeth but left the saw plate bowed. Not sure if that was supposed to happen but all 7 saw plates were bowed when I got them back. I noticed the bow and decided I would deal with it at a later date. I stuck them away for about a year. When I got them out and looked at them again, the bow was gone. I was happy happy. I was dreading having to smith the bow out. Apparently, saw plate has a memory?

Anyway, good luck with getting your retoother going again.

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