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    I have a Craftsman 16 variable speed scroll saw (yes,I know no one likes them but it is what I have!) I have no problem with pin-end blades but I can't get plain end blades to stay in without popping out! Any suggestions?

  • #2
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    Try sanding them lightly to remove the oil. It should help.

    Ken in So Cal

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    • #3
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      Actually I wish you couild help me find a #3skiptooth blade. the closest I have located them is in Nova
      Scotia or Penn. Both sources require a$9.65 shipping and handling.
      Which is quite a lot for a less that $4.00 purchase.

      I'm in Eastern N.D, and have Fargo or Grand Forks, but cannot locate the #3 sciptooth blade.

      Thanks for your help.

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      • #4
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        Tyr this web site. MIke is a great guy, very helpful, and he'll send you a couple of free samples of his Flying Dutchman blades. He has #3 skip tooth.


        http://www.mikesworkshop.com/blades.htm

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        • #5
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          I buy most of my blades at sloan's and mike's

          visit Slaoans http://www.sloanswoodshop.com/

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          • #6
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            As far as good blades go to Mikes web site which was listed and try the Flying Dutchman blades and you will use no other blade again. As far as the blade popping out as suggested you can litghtly sand the ends of the blades before putting them in holder. What happens is two things, first the blades are manufactured and come thru with some oil residue left on them and over time this accumulates on the holders. What I like to do instead of sanding I clean them with acetone. I dip the whole dozen in a jar of acetone and it cleans them off. You can use mineral spirits also. Now I said there were two things and the second thing is if you have the blade holders that have a thumb screw that you turn to tighten then you will have the second problem. If you have the Delta saws they have a blade clamp that closes against the bladeyou will not have this problem. The problem with the thumb screws is you are constantly rubbing metal of the screw against metal of the blade every time you tighten the blade. This causes a shiny spot on the screw head. You should take the thumb screw completly out and sand the end to roughen up the point again and you are set to go. So doing both cleaning jobs will solve your blade popping problem. Good Luck!!
            John T.

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            • #7
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              gsward, take a look here http://pozsgaidesigns.com/ they have alot of everything scroll saw, they even have an adapter for your Craftsman for a quick blade release for doing inside cuts. I just ordered one for my Jet last night.
              Oh yeah, very large selection of blades too!

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