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1034 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: fold bandsaw blade

I have a couple of bandsaw blades that I need to fold up. I knew the one way where you put a piece of cardboard or wood on the floor, put your foot on the blade, lower the top of the circle about half-way, then turn the blade’s circle (with gloves on).

I came across these and like both methods better than the one I know. They both work well.

In case anybody is interested…

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia


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#1 posted 1034 days ago

That is one big blade..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 1034 days ago

A cup might be a good idea, too. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 1034 days ago

The only band saw injury I’ve ever gotten was from unfolding a 70.5” 3TPI blade… 3 teeth were embedded in my arm and then ripped out when it sprang apart

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 1034 days ago

Looks easy when they do it, especially the Woodmizer dude. I’ll be revisiting these next time I have to fold a blade, which is about once a year or longer, LOL.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 1034 days ago

Have to go and try those, I always fool arround and get frustrated, never found a way just managed by luck each time.
Thank you,
Mads

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#6 posted 1034 days ago

hmmmmm….that one handed method looks easy enough….bet it isn’t tho…..have to change our big blade on monday so might have to give it a go

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#7 posted 1034 days ago

I liked the quote in the first video: “always wear gloves. don’t be a tough guy.” Good advice.

I’ve used the first method for folding my blades, but they take some practice.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 1034 days ago

Very good information. The video helps a lot. It’s no wonder I haven’t been able to do this consistantly or quickly I always have my hands at 9 + 3 position.
MIKE

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#9 posted 1034 days ago

note this is one task wearing gloves IS recommended in the shop!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 1034 days ago

I was taught the first one many years ago. It works very well on larger blades (we had a 42”saw and a 36” saw).

A variation that we always used in the shipyard was to throw it down on the floor just as it started to flip back in on itself. That keeps it away from your body as it snaps together. If you hold it the right way, it will land teeth up.
Maybe we did this because we didn’t use the gloves…............. not a “tough guy” thing, just no one ever did, and I don’t remember anyone ever getting hurt.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#11 posted 1034 days ago

Murphy’s Reciprocal Law states that since sh*t happens when you try to avoid it, just try to do what you fear and it will not happen.

With that said, I like your approach, CR1 ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#12 posted 1034 days ago

i’ve found a pair of tin snips simplifies the issue.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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