Our range of Wide Bandsaw blades that are ready for use, made in the UK from industrial quality material - We can also supply toothed coil in bulk for making your own. Stellite tipped blades for hardwoods Swage set blades, also for general purpose
Stellite tip or not to Stellite tip?
Stellite is a wear resistant material composed of 60% cobalt, 29% chrome, 10% tungsten & 1%. stellite has a relatively high hardness factor but isn't as brittle as tungsten carbide. It has traditionally proved to be ideally suited for cutting timbers that rapidly wear down the cutting edges of swage set blades.
The extra durability of stellite enables the blades to be run for longer periods between sharpening, in certain instances 16+ hours have regularly been achieved, although this is very dependent upon the condition of the headrig/machine.
Generally, stellite can be run for twice the time of a swage set blade, with the obvious cost savings in downtime and resharpening, although it should be noted that blades need re-tipping every 6-12 sharpenings, dependent upon the maximum/minimum cutting kerf needed to maintain a consistent accuracy of cut.
From research carried out, mainly in the USA, it has been established that a swage set blade can be using 15% more power after 4 hours use, whilst a stellite tipped blade, at the same point, will only use 1.5% more energy than when first mounted after sharpening.