Now I would like to talk to the WOODWORKERS using, small to medium, vertical two wheel wood cutting band saws. Machines like the SEARS, DELTA, SHOP-SMITH, ROCKWELL, JET, GENERAL, POWER-MATIC, GRIZZLY, WILKE, MINI-MAX, YATES AMERICAN AND THE GOOD OLD WALKER TURNERS, to name a few.
Maybe you can tell my age when a machine like the Walker Turner pops into ones mind so easily. It was the summer of 1951 and I was 8 years old. My father had drawn a duck profile on a piece of 3/4″ pine. He proceeded in giving me a crash course, concerning the use and safety, for using his band saw. When he was satisfied I understood, he handed me the piece of pine, with the profile on it and said, “Cut it out,” I did. From that moment woodworking was in my blood. Exactly how I ended up designing, manufacturing, and marketing band saw blades is another story. By the way, the band saw my father taught me on was a relatively new 14″ Walker Turner band saw.
I hope you have taken the time to read the “IMPORTANT DID YOU KNOW” information. I cannot over stress the importance of proper blade TENSIONING, understanding the useful life of the tires and proper setting and adjusting for the blade guides. VERY IMPORTANT: If your machine is over 5 years old, DON’T overlook the shafts and wheel bearings, especially if you leave your bands on the saw UNDER TENSION, when not in use. They have a useful but limited life. Just because they TURN, does not mean they are good. Bad bearings can turn easier than NEW bearings. As a matter of fact, most small to mid-range machinery manufacturers, usually supply as original equipment, inexpensive standard bearings in their machines. When replacing your bearings, ask your dealer to supply you with the next grade or two higher in bearing quality, it is worth it. Bad bearings wobble. That is the easiest way to explain it, they wobble from wear. A SIMPLE RULE IS: If you can hear your bearings, they are VERY bad!
Unlike our 1 1/4″ blades that need a bit of understanding, our 1/8″ thru 1″ wood cutting bands do not. They are ready to go. We do not make hook and skip tooth blades. The skip and hook designs that are used in carbon bands today, are 45 year old or older basic metal cutting designs. The fact that they cut wood is secondary. Our “PC” and “AS” series bands are true wood cutting band saw blades. They have well thought out approach angles and gullet symmetries; combined with unique set patterns.
It is very difficult to explain, in our catalogue, the “HOWS” and “WHYS” for each of the series of bands and tooth pitches we manufacture. Therefore, we ask you to please CALL OUR TECHNICAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT and let us help you pick the bands you are looking for. We can completely explain their functions. We unconditionally guarantee that these are the best wood cutting bands you have ever used. By the way, we have NO MINIMUM ORDER requirements. We accept Visa, Discover and Master Card, we also ship C.O.D. We have worked very hard to write an INFORMATIVE and INTELLIGENT catalogue. We hope we are a VALUE to you.
THE PC (Positive Claw): The PC design has sixty percent of the feed speed capabilities of a hook tooth, while at the same time giving you the great finish of a skip tooth. The depth and roundness of the gullet increases sawdust removal and cutting speed while the milled teeth help to reduce consumption of horsepower. Couple all this with our unique 6.5Â° rake angle and special 5 tooth set pattern and you have an awesome cutting blade that glides through the wood and produces an excellent finish and gives you great overall life. These blades are available in widths of 3/16″ through 1″ wide and the following teeth per inch: 2, 3, 4 and 6. These blades are mainly used in kiln dry wood.
NEW!! THE VPC (Variable Positive Claw): This blade is only available in 3/4″ x 2/3 variable pitch. It designed for straight-line resawing in small to large boards, kiln and air dry, up to 12″ wide. The variable pitch tooth design reduces resonance throughout the blade by using different size teeth, which produces a very clean finish almost polishing the wood as it cuts. It is only .025 thick with an overall kerf of .048 and incorporates the unique geometry of our PC tooth design.
THE AS (Alternate Set): These blades are only available in 3/8″ x 3tpi, 1/2″x 3tpi and 1/2″ x 2tpi. These blades are unique in their body thickness, set, and rake angle. They are .032 thick, have a full alternate set, a unique rake angle of 8.5Â° and also incorporate the unique geometry of our PC tooth design. These blades are primarily used by wood-turners and wood-carvers when roughing out blanks from burls and logs. Their performance is excellent if the thickness of your material exceeds 6 to 8 inches These blades are not meant to be used on three wheel band saws or any saw with less than a 90″ blade length or a wheel diameter of less than 14″.
THE AS-S (Alternate Set Special): This blade is only available in 3/4″ x 3tpi. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is only .025 thick with a unique set pattern. This blade also utilizes the unique geometry of our PC tooth. The total overall kerf is .048. This blade is specifically designed for straight-line veneer cutting. When you are resawing very expensive woods that are thick and you want as thin a kerf as possible, a super finish, and you are not concerned with speed, this is the blade for you.
THE RK (Raker) & HP (High Performance): These blades have a very thin kerf and 0° rake angle and are specifically designed for detail work in 1″ and smaller kiln dry wood when a very clean finish is required. They are also very effective in plywood, particleboard and other similar products where tear-out is a concern. These blades can also be used to cut soft metals. RK available in widths from 3/16″ through 1″ and 8, 10, 14, 18 and 24 teeth per inch. HP available in 1/8″ x 14 teeth per inch only.
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