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Forum topic by RHaynes posted 01-08-2014 07:10 AM 3715 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RHaynes

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01-08-2014 07:10 AM

It’s like this company never existed. I have a hand-me-down 7-1/2” Spectra Tools band saw. The blade broke last night—first time I’ve had that happen and WOW is that an interesting experience. But I can’t find a replacement for it anywhere. I measured the blade—it’s 56” long, 1/4” wide, 6 TPI. I found some 56-1/8” blades made for 8” Delta band saws, but haven’t found any place to get a 56” blade. And custom blade options seem to start at a minimum of 72”. I know it’s a P.O.S. little saw (I saved it from two different people trying to throw it away), but I’ve dumped a bunch of time into fixing it up and keeping it running like a champ. It makes great cuts for me and is a good size for my little shop. I’m not in the market for a new benchtop band saw right now. So anyone who knows of this saw, has heard of this saw, or has any idea where to get a blade that might fit this saw, PLEASE help. Many thanks!

Russ


-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.


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Loren

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 07:20 AM

Cut and solder them shorter.

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RHaynes

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 07:33 AM

Wow, thanks—you can do that? It’s safe? Regular lead solder works? Any special way to cut them?

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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hydro

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 01:04 PM

Two things for you this morning:

1. Try one of the 56 1/8” blades. There is no reason that would not work on your saw since it only needs 1/16” of additional adjustment needed to tighten it.

2. Lead solder will not work on a band saw blade, it must be silver solder. See Here: http://lumberjocks.com/hydro/blog/38722

Good Luck!

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RHaynes

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 04:59 PM

Hydro—you da man. Great post with the step-by-step instructions and pictures. I’m just going to solder the blade I broke back together! It was still sharp, I think I was stressing it too much. Thanks a lot.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 08:31 AM

Do you still have the manual for your Saw? If so I just got a saw just like yours at a yard sale and it has no documentation with it and I have not been able to find any info for it on line.

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 08:32 AM

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 10:16 AM

I see no reason an extra 1/8” would make any difference.. like hydro said, it’s only an additional 1/16” adjustment and most band saws can take a blade +/- at least 1/2”..

Lowes has them for about $7..

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 01:48 PM

Call Louis Iturra at Iturra Designs at (904) 642-2802, and explain the situation. He can custom weld a blade to the exact dimensions you need. He also is a pleasure to speak with and has an encyclopedic knowledge of bandsaws.

Greg

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#9 posted 01-12-2015 03:14 PM

Thanks, guys, for all your responses!

Greg: I’m going to save that name/number for the next time I have a blade break, or when I finally purchase a bigger band saw. Thanks very much for the reference!

Mr. Unix, Miket, and Hydro: I went with your recommendation and ordered a couple 56-1/8” blades for my saw, both from ToolCenter.com. I ordered (1) a Flex Back 56-1/8 in x 1/4 x .025×6tpi, and (2) a Flex Back 56-1/8 in x 3/8 x .025×4tpi. They both work just fine on my little Spectra. The wider blade is good for resawing small pieces and making straight cuts. The thinner blade is very good on curves. They were a cinch to install and the extra 1/8” of slack was easily compensated for when tensioning the blade.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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