I have to say I thought that this upside down sharpening idea was a load of
hog wash when I read it. I am glad I didn't say anything.
When I went to the shop the next day, I decided to try it. After all the
dull blade was still on the band saw from last week when I was cutting out
salad servers and quit because the blade was totally dull and I would have
to wait until I went into town and buy a new one.
So, I said what the heck, Took a chainsaw file as I was too lazy to go out
to the truck for the tool box. I held the file agianst the front of the
tooth of the blade and turned it back wards by hand. I let it go completely
When I turned on the saw and cut into a 4 inch thick piece of kiln dried
rock maple and it cut like it was brand new, I was convinced.
So, Thank you to who ever thought this little trick up. I figure it will
save me hundreds a years if not more..
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> Hello Mike,
> Ditto on your post. I still have not tried the "upside down" sharpening
> method on my dull fine tooth bands yet, but I plan to. As for the 3TPI
> bands, I continue to sharpen them with my Dremel tool, according to the
> procedure I posted some time ago.
> Timberwolf bands for my bandsaw cost $22.00 - $25.00 each. I can toast
> the blade in as little as two days when resawing or, if I'm resawing
> Lignum Vitae, in just one day. If I replaced the band every time it got
> dull, I would consume a minimum of ten bands per month. At $25.00 or so
> a pop, that amounts to at least $3,000 per year on band replacement
> Instead, I sharpen the bands myself and save $225.00 per month or $2,700
> per year. I can usually get ten sharpenings out of a band before I pitch
> $25.00 or $300.00 per year). My Dremel sharpening method sharpens each
> tooth individually according to its preset angle. The resulting edge
> quality is very good and it takes just a few minutes.
> Yes, I can take the dull band to a professional sharpening service and
> pay 85% of the cost of a new band (plus tax) to get it sharpened again.
> :-0 The edge will be as good as the day it was new, but two or three
> days later, I would have to make the 75 mile round trip into town and do
> it all over again. Since I turn for a living and do not get paid to
> drive back and forth from town, I will continue to sharpen them myself.
> Just think, in two years I saved enough in band replacement costs to buy
> my Oneway 2436-3. That's not too shabby in my book! :-) Take care and
> all the best to you and yours!
> Letting the chips fly...
> Steven D. Russell
> Eurowood Werks Woodturning Studio
> The Woodlands, Texas
> > >>Your method not only grinds the wrong side
> > >>of the tooth, but tends to remove the set from the teeth as well
> > Yeah, but it works. And it's fast. I'm sure it's better to do a proper
> > job of sharpening or buy a new blade, but even grinding one tooth at a
> > time with my Dremel gets me back into production faster than either of
> > those options. The price of blades goes up when you have a bigger saw,
> > and if you use it a lot, that can add up to some serious change in a
> > year's time. I, too, use Timberwolf blades. I just got some new ones
> > this week. They were $18.50 apiece including shipping in the size I
> > They have a wide set and deep gullets which makes them especially
> > for repeated sharpenings. I sharpen mine over and over until metal
> > fatigue sets in and the band develops cracks. I wouldn't dream of
> > throwing away a chainsaw blade or a bowl gouge just because it got
> > dull, and it seems foolish to throw away a perfectly good bandsaw blade
> > when it can easily be sharpened by any of several methods posted here.
> > best wishes, -mike paulson, fort collins, co