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Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 04-17-2011 08:32 PM 1416 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2011 08:32 PM

I just purchased a bandsaw a little while back. I was running a 1/4 inch blade on it and it worked great. I switched to a 3/8 for some resawing and when I was setting it up I noticed that when I was adjusting the guides the blade seems to get wider at the weld. In otherwords it is not possible to set up my back support to an accurate spacing. Has anyone else seen this? Any remedies? The blade is a wood slicer from highland woodworking..

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 08:52 PM

Send a closeup picture of it to the vendor and ask them to replace it and pay for all the shipping.

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 08:56 PM

Well I live about 30 miles from Highland hardware. So might just bring it back in.

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 09:20 PM

That’s not so uncommon. I’ve ground the back of a blade down before
to even it out. That’s what the manufacturer should have done. If
the ends are butted unevenly, that’s a real QC problem though.

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 09:43 PM

If it is not too severe you could try one of these.

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 09:59 PM

take it back
get a better one
it will just break at the weld
as it bangs against the back roller
and just generally mess with the machine thumping around

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 10:06 PM

The problem you have isn’t right but it is all too common.

Bandsaw blades are electrically butt-welded and this creates “flash” (excess metal from the welding process that protrudes from the weld joint) that must be ground or filed down and smoothed. In addition, occasionally the blade ends are not properly aligned to each other during the weld. In both cases this causes a thumping sound as the blade travels through the guides and creates stress on the joint leading to premature blade breakage.

If the blade weld is in alignment, just take a file and file the flash down.

Another cause of blade breakage is poor annealing of the joint after it is welded. After the weld has taken place a lower current is run through the joint to reheat the welded area to anneal the steel. If this is not done properly the blade will soon break at the weld.

For all of these reasons I have taken to buying my blades in 100 foot rolls and silver brazing the joint myself. The ends of the blade must be ground or filed with a tapering overlap known as a “scarf joint” and this takes some doing, but I rarely have problems with the joint.


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#7 posted 04-17-2011 10:09 PM

I always stone the back of my blades, but I think the one you got you should take back

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