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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 09, 2015 - 05:13 PM

Found this hiding in the neighbors shop. It's mine now. Gonna need a new blade, not sure what size as yet,

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It's a 1979 model, still cuts good. But there is a spot in the band about 1" long that teeth are missing. If anyone has a way to figure length on these, chime in.

 


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 05:21 PM

nice find!  btw, I got some teeth missing too....

 

maybe this will help figuring the measurement..http://www.woodmagaz...w-blade-length/.

 

or try this..http://www.ehow.com/...dsaw-blade.html.

 

or maybe this will work..http://vintagemachin...beltlength.aspx.


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 05:32 PM

You'll love it, The bandsaw is close to my favorite piece of shop equipment. I actually have 2, one is converted to vertical.

 

Although slower than a cut off saw, they are much cleaner, quieter, and can run unattended if set up right.

 

PS  I could be completely out to lunch but I'd bet it's 64-1/2 x 3/4"

 

Make sure you get bimetal blades.


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 05:38 PM

Nice find Kenny. Central machinery was a label Harbor Freight has used for years. I bet that is a 4x6
The most common size they have sold and there is a ton of info on the net about Tuning them up and making them most accurate.
Buy the best blades you can affords. They will more than pay for themselves.
A band saw is high on my list of tools needed. Being left handed and right eyed does no make for the most accurate hacksaw operation. Plus I. Hate that noisey fire breathing dragon that throws sparks and metal all over the garage, some call a chop saw.

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Posted June 09, 2015 - 05:39 PM

Once you know the size, keep an eye on HFs' clearance section. Once in a while they dump a bunch of saw blades for cheap. Pay close attention to the bearings and alignment to maxim blade life. Enjoy your new helper. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted June 09, 2015 - 06:10 PM

nice find!  btw, I got some teeth missing too....

 

maybe this will help figuring the measurement..http://www.woodmagaz...w-blade-length/.

 

or try this..http://www.ehow.com/...dsaw-blade.html.

 

or maybe this will work..http://vintagemachin...beltlength.aspx.

I bet I can find a length in that! Thanks!


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 06:12 PM

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Posted June 09, 2015 - 06:44 PM

Looks like the Chinese one everyone sells. 64.5" sounds right. I had one of those and now have a bigger one. There is always that bump or even sometimes stopping spot where welded. I did find a US blade holds up better than the cheapies. I mostly use the 24 tooth ones, they seem to cut most things and last longer.  Sometimes they cut a little crooked, little harder to make 45* joints say and be accurate. I also found a slower or mid speed is much bettr than anything fast. Fast part is how fast the blade wears out, ha! I used mine alot. Made wheels at one end and handle and feet at other to make it easier to move around if needed. I made trailers and flatbeds and cut most of metal for them on it, and lots of little stuff. Some vertical cuts, but lost the plate for that, but could still cut small stuff if hold careful.


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 06:48 PM

Harbor Freight blades are not worth brining home.  Very cheaply made Chinese stuff.  I use a lot of Harbor Freight items but be careful on what I buy.  Get a Nicholson blade and it will last 3 times as long as HF blades.  Mine uses a 64 1/2 X 1/2".  don't crowed it or you will start to throw blades off the idler pulley.  Good luck on a very useful tool.


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Good find, I envy you!!! Lol
Take the old blade off. Put heavy leather gloves on, and work the blade with hands back and forth until it snaps and breaks. Lay it on the floor, and measure with a tape. There's your blade length.:)
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Posted June 09, 2015 - 08:16 PM

Harbor Freight blades are not worth brining home.  Very cheaply made Chinese stuff.  I use a lot of Harbor Freight items but be careful on what I buy.  Get a Nicholson blade and it will last 3 times as long as HF blades.  Mine uses a 64 1/2 X 1/2".  don't crowed it or you will start to throw blades off the idler pulley.  Good luck on a very useful tool.

The length is the critical part, narrower blades allow tighter radii when making circles.  a wider blade will give you a straighter cut. Too wide a blade will come off a lot.

 

Blade speed and feed speed are the two critical parts when using the bandsaw.

Everything depends on the steel being cut.

 

There are tons of web resources to tell you about the three tooth rule etc. Study them and they will make your job easier.


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 08:49 PM

The length is the critical part, narrower blades allow tighter radii when making circles. a wider blade will give you a straighter cut. Too wide a blade will come off a lot.

Blade speed and feed speed are the two critical parts when using the bandsaw.
Everything depends on the steel being cut.

There are tons of web resources to tell you about the three tooth rule etc. Study them and they will make your job easier.


Copperhead, very good point!

Kenny, Once you learn your saw, you'll be running it by ear. Low, and slow:)

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Posted June 10, 2015 - 04:25 AM

I plan to make an angle iron base with 2" steel casters on it to move it around. Thanks for the info guys! I'll be blade shopping before long.


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Posted June 10, 2015 - 04:41 AM

I have a Harbor Freight 1992  saw, it uses a 64 1/2 X 1/2 X .25 blade, I found some OLSON bi-metal blades  last time i purchased blades. Like they say lots of stuff on the web about making the saw cut better.

Stan


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Posted June 10, 2015 - 07:20 AM

nice find!  btw, I got some teeth missing too....

 

maybe this will help figuring the measurement..http://www.woodmagaz...w-blade-length/.

 

or try this..http://www.ehow.com/...dsaw-blade.html.

 

or maybe this will work..http://vintagemachin...beltlength.aspx.

I just measured the blade using that first link. It is a 64.5 X 1/2 blade. Seems to be common.


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