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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 02-25-2015 07:33 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LucasWoods

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02-25-2015 07:33 PM

What brand do you all like and where do you get your files from?

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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Bill White

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 07:56 PM

I will EAGERLY follow this quest.
Files here in Mississippi are mostly “HUH”?
Bill

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 08:13 PM

I haven’t used them yet, but I bought some from Lee Valley that should be getting here tomorrow. Free shipping going on through the 29th.

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 08:33 PM

Ive really come to like Pferd files. I haven’t been able to find any single files anywhere online but you can find full boxes at toolzone.com. Ive used red tang Simonds files and they were just ok. The made in mexico nicholsons were probably a step below that. The older made in usa nicholsons were pretty good as well.

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Tim

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 12:52 AM

I bought some new old stock from a dealer at a tool swap meet and a couple of the Grobet Swiss from Lee Valley. The NOS are definitely better. Now I try to pick up any saw files I see at garage sales and whatnot that feel like they have some life left in them.

Stef those Pferd files don’t sound half bad, too bad they don’t have the 4” XXslim for the smaller teeth, I’m short on those.

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ColonelTravis

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 02:18 AM

Also Grobet, but I’m trying another brand when I’m done with these. Looked for Bahco files a while back but never found anyone selling them except one shady place that said they had them but didn’t. Wish I could remember the name.

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 12:50 PM

sjdiscountools.com ^ Avoid that site.

Tim, ive been using the Pferd 5” xxslim for teeth 12-14 ppi and they work just fine. Ive got a couple Grobet 4” xxslims that I use for 14-16ppi. When you match up the thickness of them theyre very close in size.

Here’s a little chart that I go by. These charts tend to vary a little bit by manufacturer of file.

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rwe2156

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 03:25 PM

Got my files from Lie Nielsen.
Got my setting gauges from Lee Valley.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 07:54 PM

SJ Discount Tools – yes, those are the bastards! I’ll check out the Pferds, too, thanks.

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#9 posted 02-27-2015 02:52 AM

Yeah that’s pretty much why I wanted a 4” xxslim, for 16 ppi saws. I agree with you they are awfully close in size, I doubt they’d do 20 ppi well. The smaller files supposedly do have narrower corner faces for sharper gullets. And yeah from my NOS, I found the width varied quite a bit from one manufacturer to another. Still 32nds of an inch, but as much or more than one size to the next.

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chrisstef

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#10 posted 02-27-2015 04:04 PM

Im pretty sure you can get the 4 xxslims from leevalley Tim. That is one of the swiss made Grobets that I have. If I remember correctly the swiss made ones have two pistols as a marking above the tang.

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