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Blade or Wheel Stiffener

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Jeanne
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Blade or Wheel Stiffener

Postby Jeanne » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:58 am

I bought a 6" X .012 saw blade for my 7" Rigid Saw. It needs stabilizing. I see people use 6" stabilizers for 10" blades and I'm wondering if anyone has used 4" stabilizers for a 6" blade? Or... if there's another alternative. Couldn't find any on HIS but saw them on Amazon.

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Re: Blade or Wheel Stiffener

Postby Rick Wilton » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:33 pm

I wouldn't think you'd need a stabilizer on a small blade like 6" you shouldn't get too much flex out of that size blade. A four inch stabilizer on a 6" blade will leave you maybe 1/2" to 3/4" of usable cutting depth.

Why do you think you need a stabilizer?
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Re: Blade or Wheel Stiffener

Postby Kevin Midgley » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:40 pm

oh Rick you can get flex alright on a small blade. Been there done that. Lapidary thin blades can sure save on kerf width loss but you really have to treat them right or they can be permanently distorted pretty quick.
So yes with a blade that thin, get the stiffeners. You've been warned.

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Re: Blade or Wheel Stiffener

Postby Rick Wilton » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:23 pm

Kevin, I've never used a 6" blade so I'll yield to your judgement on that, however I think a 4" stiffener may be problematic as that'll leave only 1 inch of blade exposed which would leave you 3/4" max cutting depth.
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Re: Blade or Wheel Stiffener

Postby Kevin Midgley » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:51 pm

Absolutely correct Rick about the cutting depth but with a really skinny blade anything not perfect in the cutting process results in a bent useless blade.

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Re: Blade or Wheel Stiffener

Postby Cheryl » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:00 pm

Give H.I.S. a call. They may have them even tho not on the web site. Plus they'll give you great advice!
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