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RonInOhio

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407 days ago

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I suppose just about all of us has at one time or another cut ourselves unrolling a bandsaw
blade. Likely they come rolled up like this….

First make sure you have gloves on !

Then open up the roll a little bit and toss it on the floor. If you spread the blade
enough before tossing it against the floor, it will unroll itself and your hands
are clear of all of those sharp teeth.

Spread the blade like so before tossing it on the floor. Also, make sure you have safety eyeglasses
on , leather gloves, and no one is standing near by. Sometimes the blade will hop off or bounce up
off of the floor.

I use to operate a meat bandsaw and had to clean it after everyuse and installed a lot of blades.

It only takes one or two times for those blades to get you before you realize there has got to be another
way. For me this was it.


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DS

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#1 posted 407 days ago

Yeh, my bandsaw takes 143” long blades. The narrow ones aren’t much of a problem, but my 3/4” to 1” wide blades have some snap to them.
The first time I got whipped in the back of the head, if you can imagine that.
Harder than unrolling them, is rolling them back up. The thick ones don’t play nice.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Hammerthumb

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#2 posted 407 days ago

I have always had problems rolling them up also. Never can remember the trick to it, and end up spending about a half hour trying to figure it out. Just when I’m ready give up, it seems it rolls itself up. Then I try another one and still have problems.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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RonInOhio

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#3 posted 407 days ago

To roll up a bandsaw blade, lay out the blade on floor,teeth up , kneel down and with palms up, grab the
blade with each hand from underneath the part of the blade closest to you. Hands are spread about
the distance of your knees in a crouched position.

Grab blade and fold the blade inward with each hand toward each other while giving the blade a little twist to get the circle and bring each loop into each other.

Hard to explain,easier to show. Its been awhile.

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#4 posted 407 days ago

You need to watch the youtube video by Alex Snodgrass representing Carter bandsaw products. He’ll show you the right way to do both without injury to you OR the teeth on the blades : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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RonInOhio

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#5 posted 407 days ago

Here is one way to do it.

youtube

And here is Snodgrass showing a better way to open up a rolled blade as well as setting
up a bandsaw. Thanks Dusty .

youtube

#6 posted 407 days ago

Personally, my favorite way to open a folded bandsaw blade is to have my wife do it!

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 407 days ago

Thanks,

Just thinking about putting a 3 tpi blade on my band saw. :>)

It’s not the unwind that I get wrong. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Surfside

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#8 posted 407 days ago

I watched that Alex’s video before when I didn’t know yet how to uncoil band saw blades.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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shipwright

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#9 posted 407 days ago

I learned on 1” blades for a 42” bandsaw and you didn’t want to be too close to them.
I uncoil them with the “throw on floor” method and I also coil the big ones that way.
Smaller ones are easier to do in your hands.

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

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 407 days ago

I will enlist an underpaid shop assistant to coil/uncoil my BS blades….
If I can find a competent assistant that will work for pennies!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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coachmancuso

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#11 posted 407 days ago

Alex Snodgrass from Cater I find is the best way and it is pretty easy

-- Coach Mancuso

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Bill White

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#12 posted 407 days ago

If I saw you throwin’ my high priced BS blades on the floor, we’d have a lengthy discussion about your tenure or lack thereof with my company.
Right way…wrong way….
Pitchin’ ‘em on concrete ain’t the right way.
OK, I’m a jerk about stuff like that, but those blades are not cheap.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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shipwright

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#13 posted 407 days ago

......................... and we don’t all have concrete floors.

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

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wncguy

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#14 posted 407 days ago

I’ve been using the Alex Snodgrass from Carter method since I saw his video (also about setting up the blade on the saw).... agree his method is very good!

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 407 days ago

I have a concrete shop floor and unroll my small blades by hand. The 1”, 1 TPI go outside and get flung on the grass!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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