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Old 04-30-2005, 05:28 PM
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Default Bandsaw blade welder

Anybody own one of these?http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3663
Have you guys got any opinions on this thing? POS or worth $129.00
I have got my metal cutting bandsaw and a woodworking bandsaw so I was thinking I might buy some blades in bulk course they are different sizes. Do these welders make it easier or can I use Tig or Mig or braze em just as easily. Are there any advantages? I know yall will have the answer,David
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Old 04-30-2005, 05:34 PM
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I just Tig weld mine, if they break, I buy them already welded.
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Old 04-30-2005, 05:52 PM
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The answer depends on how much you use the bandsaws and what you are cutting.

When I used to work maintenance in a big factory saw shop, we had a couple of blade welders, not too different to that one.

We got through a lot of blades in that place and down time on the saws was a big deal. Being able to make a blade in a few minutes, or repair a broken one quickly was important. However, these were big blades that worked hard for their living, and I'm not sure the same factors apply in a home shop.

If you already have a TIG welder or some brazing equipment then save your money and use that. A brazed blade is just as strong as a welded one. The process takes longer, and needs more care, but does that matter to you?

BTW, the built in grinders on those things are usually pretty useless, use an angle grinder instead.


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On tig welding the blades, which rod do you use?
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Old 04-30-2005, 09:59 PM
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I bought that HF welder back when it was on sale in December. When it arrived a few months later (don't depend on HF for Christmas gifts), I was actually pretty impressed. It is quite heavy, and seems well built. There is no blade grinder or cutter, and it really is limited to a 1/2" max blade, but for welding and annealling blades for a couple small bandsaws, it does the job well. I got a nice weld on the second try (I think the attached picture is the first weld). There is some room for error when aligning the blades, and sometimes the welded joint needs to be recentered between the jaws before you anneal. I think it did come with a 3 year warrenty, but you might want to call HF to confirm.
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Old 04-30-2005, 10:28 PM
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On tig welding the blades, which rod do you use?
Rich
I butt them up tight and weld it, no filler.
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