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    Has anyone found a replacement for the round nuts that is used to hold the blade on the bottom? There has to be a better way. If not, where can you buy the piece's to make your own?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    What model Hawk do you have? My VS26 has "T" shaped screws top and bottom.
    Scott
    Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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    • #3
      could you try wing nuts ?

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies!
        I have the VS 220-3 non-variable speed. The holder looks like the picture below. It unscrews into two pieces with a stud holding them together. Thee is a v-notch in the lower arm that it rides in. Just seems like a lot of work just to change a blade.
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        • #5
          Try contacting Bushton Industries. They are the ones still making the saw and they have spares for many of the saws. Phone is 620-562-3557.
          Last edited by Crabbyboater; 09-08-2011, 12:07 AM.
          John

          Excalibur EX21
          RBI Hawk G4

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          • #6
            I have the same saw as yours, the 220 3 speed. Those bladeholders are a pain. I have 6 of them and, depending on the project, set up as many as I think I will need. Do you have the 2 tools to set your blades up? Stamped metal shaped like a letter "f" ?

            Paul
            www.flicker.com/photos/woodworks44224

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Crabbyboater View Post
              Try contacting Bushton Industries. They are the ones still making the saw and they have spares for many of the saws. Phone is 620-562-3557.
              Thanks, I emailed them and are waiting for a price for them.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by paul44224 View Post
                I have the same saw as yours, the 220 3 speed. Those bladeholders are a pain. I have 6 of them and, depending on the project, set up as many as I think I will need. Do you have the 2 tools to set your blades up? Stamped metal shaped like a letter "f" ?

                Paul
                No, I don't have them. It sounds like that would be better then using a crescent wrench and open-end wrench. I'll have to contact them to see if I can buy a set. Thanks.

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                • #9
                  holder for RBI

                  There should be an elongated hole in the main base that one side of the barrel fits into and that sort of gives you a free hand to hold the blade in place. I had to build a new lower arm for mine (220VS) to get over to the new holders. At the time I had access to a bridgeport mill. Those holders are a bit of a pain. JIM L

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                  • #10
                    I found the slot and it helps. It would help if there were more room. Maybe I could make a holder with a slot. I contacted Bushton and the price for the holder with bushing is $25.00 each. That's pricey in my book. The old price was $9.95. I think the way to solve the problem is to adapt a part from another saw. Just have to do some more thinking. LOL

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                    • #11
                      Check out this site. He has some modified parts and blade holders for RBI saws.

                      Scroll Saw Retrofit Items

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Tom J. I sent them a email to see what part I need.

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                        • #13
                          Have you found a blade holder for your RBI scroll saw?? I just purchased a 220-3 RBI saw and want to improve the blade change method and the time it takes to change a blade.
                          Thanks Dennis

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                          • #14
                            Holy Cow!!

                            I thought Hegner had the worst idea for blade clamps. Now I'm not so sure.
                            Stoney aka Al

                            This gettin old stuff ain't for sissies!

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                            • #15
                              New lower blade holder

                              I have the 220 and after using the the blade breaking device that clamps the blade between two round nuts, I decided to build my own. I cut 1/2 inch round aluminum to 1 inch length. I cut two rabbits on one end so it will fit in the original slot for tightening the blades. I drilled a 1/16 hole in the middle across the diameter for a blade to go through. I drilled a 13/64 hole down the middle of the cylinder and and tapped it to 1/4 20 treads. I used 3/8'' dog point set screw from Fasenal on each side of the blade to clamp it. I then cut a 1/2 x 5/8 x 1 inch long bronze bushing to 1/2'' length and drilled a 1/16 hole in one side for the blade to pass through. blades last much longer now. I have made my own upper blade holder thumb screw by filing the last 1/8 of threads off and filing the end flat. The trick to flat is to pull a file across the screw sideways (not the length of the file). I was shocked at how flat I can get a screw end.
                              If I knew how to send drawing I would.

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