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|05-02-2012, 10:05 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Conroe, Tx. just north of Houston
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I hate pinless blades
Okay, I am just going to vent here a minute.
I know this is akin to heresy here but I hate pinless blades right now. Messing with the hex wrench, trying to get those adapters to hang right, and easily, is a major pain!
I have tried starting with the top hanger and after threading it through the wood hole attaching the bottom hanger. Really hard. Tried starting with the bottom hanger then up through the wood to the upper hanger. Some better but in the end no easier and certainly no faster.
I tilt the table, shine in a light and fumble around until I get it on the bottom one then hold the blade until I get the top attached and start sawing again. It takes more time to make the changes to new holes than to cut the whole pattern.
I know, I know; practice will make it easier but dang, it must take a lot of practice to make changes fast and easy. I know that I have to use the pinless because of some of the patterns but so far pinless and I have not made peace.
I'll keep trying.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
|05-02-2012, 10:36 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Moorpark, CA
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I know what you are going through. My first saw was a Dremel that used adapters also. On average it took 2 1/2 mins. to change to another hole. Now, For the past ten years or so I have been using a DeWalt 788. Now on average it takes about ten seconds! It's not the blades, its the saw.
Dan in So.Ca.
|05-02-2012, 11:04 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2008
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The problem is less the blades than the saw. The majority of my scrollsaw "injuries" were scraped knuckles from trying to swap blades on my Dremel. When I upgraded to the Ex-21 my wife didn't think I was scrolling since she couldn't hear me swearing at it.
I highly recommend upgrading as soon as you can.
|05-03-2012, 04:45 AM||#4|
Join Date: May 2010
Thanked 32 Times in 30 Posts
Hi cpowell, try not to lose heart, I think most of us have been there.
When I was using adapters I tried various things to try and make the blade changing slicker. One of the "best" was welding a hex wrench to the adaptor. It was good at changing blades but I ended up with a sharp bar going up and down while I was trying to cut, invariably catcing some bit of flesh on it.
One good thing you understand better than with someone explaining to you the features you want on your next saw.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
|05-03-2012, 06:31 AM||#5|
Falling behind for Xmas!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pachuca, Mexico
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Hi cpowel - you are definitely suffering from a saw rather than a blade problem.
Dependent of what type of saw you are using you may well be able to buy a pair of friendlier blade holders to fix to it or adapt something which is easier for you. Why not take a photo of your existing blade holders, top and bottom, and post it in the thread for folks not familiar with your saw to see if you can get some ideas on how to adapt them.
I'm sure someone will come to your help.
Jim in Mexico
Dozing off? - nah, I'm creatively thinking with my eyes closed!
|05-03-2012, 07:55 AM||#6|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: SW Louisiana
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
No problems with my EX-21.
Bob making sawdust in SW Louisiana
with a EX-21
|05-03-2012, 08:25 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Littleton, NC
Thanked 87 Times in 85 Posts
What dgman said. You will be amazed at how much more enjoyment you will get with a proper saw. You will kick yourself for waiting so long.
|05-03-2012, 08:48 AM||#8|
Join Date: Mar 2005
Thanked 58 Times in 47 Posts
I echo everyone else. You need a new or different saw! Your frustration isn't worth sticking with what you have. HAVE PHUN!
|05-03-2012, 12:17 PM||#9|
Just Goofy !
Join Date: Mar 2007
Thanked 50 Times in 49 Posts
Well, it's experience speaking here. I agree that it is your saw, not the blades. If you can upgrade, that's what I would recomend. It's easy to say that than to do it, if you can't afford the upgrade right now. Just hang in there, things HAVE to get better. Good Luck to you.
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|05-03-2012, 12:26 PM||#10|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Bellport, LI New York
Thanked 280 Times in 248 Posts
Like Mayo said, look at it as a learning curve for the features you most want on your next saw. The first fretwork I did was on a Crapsman that required an assortment of gadgets to attach the blade. 2 minutes to feed clamp and tension for a 2 second cut.
My G4 hawk now takes just a few seconds top or bottom feed.
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