Sometimes it is better to weld your bandsaw blade rather than purchasing a new blade. You know when the blade becomes fragile or broken, you need to weld it.
Actually a fragile or rust blade slows down your cutting plan and makes it intricate. That’s why you need to weld your Bandsaw blade.
Now, come to the main fact. Do you have any idea on how to weld a Bandsaw blade? I guess you don’t have any. Actually I welded my Bandsaw blades a few days ago.
But no need to be worried. In this article, I will try to give you a clear idea in this regard. Believe me, it’s basically not an arduous task. All you need just follow this guideline. And you will get the best solution here.
So, let’s see how to weld your Bandsaw blades.
A complete guideline for welding Bandsaw blades
Rust or broken blade of the Bandsaw can easily be brought back to its old position by welding it. Actually it’s not a troublesome task. But you need to be more careful because you are working with the blades. It approximately takes 15-20 minutes to complete the entire welding process.
Now, let’s know the main task. Let’s have a look at the required tools. These tools will help you to complete the task conveniently.
- A broken blade of a Bandsaw
- A vise
- A tig welder
- A grinder
- Welding hand gloves
Now, it’s time to weld the Bandsaw blade. Let’s see how to do it.
Steps to follow:
Step #1: Check The Blade Condition
Before welding, check the condition of the blade. Sometimes the bandsaw blade becomes fragile and rusty due to long time use. And if it is fragile, just replace it.
If it is rusty and strong enough to take the pressure again, then make yourself ready for welding it.
Step #2: Spray Degreaser To remove Dust
Now take a degreaser and spray an adequate amount of it over both sides at the broken place of the blade. Wait at least 10 minutes for setting the degreaser over the blade.
The degreaser is basically used for cleaning purposes. Take a paper towel and wipe the blade properly. It will remove the rust from the blade.
Step #3: Grind Both Ends Of The Broken Place
After cleaning the blade, take the grinder and start grinding both ends of the broken place. It will help you to butt both ends together tightly.
Actually a vise is a perfect tool to do this. The vise has two jaws. One is firmly fixed with the body of the vise and the other is moveable. Place the blade between the jaws of the vise.
Now, make a 45-degree angle at the end edge of the blade by using the grinder. Follow the same process for the other end edge of the blade. You need to do this to butt both ends of the blade together tightly.
Step #4: Attach Both Ends Together And Weld It
Attach both ends of the blade together and place it between the jaws of the vise. Tighten the vise to ensure that both ends of the blade are attached together firmly.
Take the tig welder and weld the attached place of the blade. Before welding, be sure that the blade remains straight and there is no bend in the blade.
Step #5: Smooth The Welding Area, Clean It, And Reinstall It
After welding, wait for a while to cool the attached place. Use the grinder to smooth the welding area. Grind both sides of the blade. Wash the blade and reinstall it.
You are all set now. The blade is completely ready for action.
The whole process in a nutshell
- Check the condition of the blade.
- Spray degreaser to remove rust from the blade.
- Grind both ends of the broken place.
- Attach both ends together and place it into a vise.
- Weld it properly.
- Smooth the welding area, clean it and reinstall it.
- Check the blades on a few day’s intervals.
- Clean the blade properly when you decide to grind and weld it.
- Use a non-corrosive cleaner or soapy water as an alternative to the degreaser for removing resin from the blade.
- Wear proper safety equipment when you are working with a blade.
- Don’t touch the welding place immediately after welding.
To sum up, welding a Bandsaw blade is not as tough as you think, right?. I think, if you follow the guideline mentioned above, it will become a facile task for you.
Basically it is cheaper to weld a blade than buying a new one for you Bandsaw. You just need to manage some tools and time to repair it.
Hopefully, from this article, you’ve got a clear idea of how to weld bandsaw blades.
So, why waste your money? Do it yourself at home and enjoy it!