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Best bandsaw blade for small nails --- any exist?
« on: September 07, 2017, 08:09:31 PM »
Just started on my trailer decking 9" x 1 3/4" x 10' red oak this afternoon and one of my three logs has nails on 3 of the 4 sides after getting my 19" can't all squared up.

Besides pulling is there any options with blade type?  I assume "no" but curious if there is a blade I can order for special circumstances where I need a quick turnaround and metal stands in my way?

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Re: Best bandsaw blade for small nails --- any exist?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 08:19:36 PM »
Good question.  I wasted 3 new blades on a 32" x 14 pine log because of nails or fence wire.  I finally gave up on it and dumped a 20 x 20 cant in the woods.

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 08:42:29 PM »
Chris, a lot depends on what kind of nails and how you hit them. Common nails of 8 and16 penny are quite soft and if hit at about a right angle will do little permanent damage to the band. usually two or three teeth will be affected, if the teeth are not bent too much and the sliver of metal removed from the tip you can continue. The shorter the teeth and the closer they are will help a little. Frank C.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 08:55:57 PM »
A "treasure hunter" metal detector can find most of that kind of nails and fencing. I use one I got from a pawn shop for $150, it hasn't lied to me yet. If I get one or two hits, I'll dig into it and try to pull it out. More than that it goes to the junk pile.

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Re: Best bandsaw blade for small nails --- any exist?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 08:59:07 PM »
I assume "no" but curious if there is a blade I can order for special circumstances where I need a quick turnaround and metal stands in my way?
The simple answer is that your assumption is correct.  Everything about the teeth are different between metal and wood cutting blades.  Just think about having to saw through a 2X4 with a hack saw.  :-X
 

 
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 10:14:46 PM »
Good question.  I wasted 3 new blades on a 32" x 14 pine log because of nails or fence wire.  I finally gave up on it and dumped a 20 x 20 cant in the woods.

If I paid 3 blades for it, I'd be having me a 20 x 20 bench somewhere.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 11:01:42 PM »
I use the bounty hunter metal detector with a hammer, flat screw driver and visegrips. MM you know it's trouble when the drill comes out!
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 10:19:03 AM »
Pulling out the metal is the best option. BUT, what I do is save the older tired blades that have been sharpened way too many times. I sharpen them and store them separatly and use them in situations such as this. Bandmiller2's response applys here. Nuther thing I found, and this applys only to smaller nails, is to cut as fast as possible. Seems to munch less teeth allowing for a cut or two more before tossing the blade. Also keep young children and clergy folks away while cutting these (Admin language edit) nail ridden useless piece of (Admin language edit) logs. For obvious reasons :D :D :D :D
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 01:34:26 PM »
This log is about to get hurt 

 
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 01:40:35 PM »
Here in Sweden we can buy "bimetal blade". The teeth has the same steel as blades for metal cutting, HSS M42. With a hookangle of 4-6 you are very close to a blade suitable for cutting steel. There is one big difference, in the log band saw you have a cutting speed about 60 miles/h. The cutting speed for steel would be 4-6 miles/h. If you can slow down to so low blade speed you can cut the nails but it will not cut the wood in the best way.

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2017, 02:02:31 PM »
Back in business...you guys need to buy the Cresent Code Red with roll bar, what a tool.

 

  

 
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 02:38:30 PM »
I thought you said small nails, i was kinda visioning finishing nails of some sort  :D
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