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PoleVault

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09-23-2018 09:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blades modifications

I recently picked up an old bandsaw (my first one) from a local “farmer” for $50. The table had some surface rust, but the bearings seem great and the motor has been replaced with a Baldor 1hp farm duty motor that guns along at 1725 rpm so smooth. There is almost no vibration (passed the nickel on end test) and I thought I was in the clear! I got it home and started cleaning it up and when I got the old dull blade off, I noticed that even though it’s a 14” saw, the blade was only 91.5” and the saw won’t take a 93.5” blade. So after taking a few measurements, the wheels are only 13.75” in diameter and the centers of the wheels have a range of 23.5” to 25”. I would like the convenience of being able to use 93.5” blades and I’m considering adding a 3/4 inch riser block. I have some 3/4” aluminum pieces that I could cut up to use. I’ve seen Matthias Wandel’s video about his diy wood riser block. I think the aluminum would be better than the wood, but is it worth the hassle? Should I just get my blades at custom length at 92”? That seems like just as big of a hassle to me.

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 10:10 PM

It is 91.5 or 92.5? There were some 14” band saws that used a 92.5 blade.

While 92.5 inch blades are not commonly stocked at wood working stores, they are available from several sources for same cost as common 93.5 found in wood working stores. There are also folks who can make custom sizes, like: https://www.toolcenter.com/BLADES_TO_SIZE.html

There are some wood working forum posts elsewhere that suggest that the tension mechanism can be adjusted to allow use of larger 93.5 inch blades. Never attempted it when I owned one of those saws. Just ordered shorter blades.

YMMV

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 10:28 PM

Aluminum would work great. I’d put some antioxidation compound on it. Or some grease would probably work fine.

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 11:39 PM

The blade that came off was definitely 91.5”. I believe a 92.5” would barely fit and put it at the max extent of its current range.


It is 91.5 or 92.5? There were some 14” band saws that used a 92.5 blade.

While 92.5 inch blades are not commonly stocked at wood working stores, they are available from several sources for same cost as common 93.5 found in wood working stores. There are also folks who can make custom sizes, like: https://www.toolcenter.com/BLADES_TO_SIZE.html

There are some wood working forum posts elsewhere that suggest that the tension mechanism can be adjusted to allow use of larger 93.5 inch blades. Never attempted it when I owned one of those saws. Just ordered shorter blades.

YMMV

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#4 posted 09-23-2018 11:40 PM

Thanks for the tip… Good to know grease would work for that purpose… I’m too cheap to go buy antioxidation compound…


Aluminum would work great. I’d put some antioxidation compound on it. Or some grease would probably work fine.

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