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Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

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Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby edbromley » 05 Sep 2018, 12:22

I want to make fit an 1/8 blade to my bandsaw a bs250 record power but they say its not possible to my bandsaw ive seen various clips showing people using these blades mainly on american clips does anybody know which bandsaws accept this size blade
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Re: Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby Andyp » 05 Sep 2018, 12:41

Hi ed and welcome to the forum.

I have no idea on the technicalities of why Record would say that (did you ask why?) but a quick google found these people who offer a 1/4" blade for a BS250 https://www.bedfordsaw.co.uk/bandsaw-bl ... ower-bs250

I have no affiliation with that supplier just the first result on google.

I would be interested to hear what you are proposing to cut with such a small blade
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Re: Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby Rod » 05 Sep 2018, 12:46

I have some small blades for my Startrite 352 but I’ve never used them. I suppose the main issue is the type and size of guides.
I’d contact Ian at Tuffsaws for his advice, he’s very helpful.

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Re: Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby DaveL » 05 Sep 2018, 12:47

I think it will be the blade guide that are the limiting factor, does your saw use ball bearings for the side guides? If you could use hardwood blocks as guides then the narrower blade will run with the teeth half in the wood.
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Re: Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby Woodster » 05 Sep 2018, 13:39

DaveL wrote:I think it will be the blade guide that are the limiting factor, does your saw use ball bearings for the side guides? If you could use hardwood blocks as guides then the narrower blade will run with the teeth half in the wood.


Yes, I think you’re right Dave. The other issue though is that very narrow blades can bite into the tyres damaging them over time. I made a special guide for small blades but rarely use them.
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Re: Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby 9fingers » 05 Sep 2018, 15:37

I'd take off the existing guides and use the mounting holes to attach a block of hardwood instead. Then let the blade cut partway into the wood cutting its own guide.

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Re: Fitting 1/8 blade to a two wheel bandsaw

Postby edbromley » 09 Sep 2018, 20:31

many thanks ill look into that
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