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    There have been a couple of posts lately from people using saws that only accept plain end blades. While this does limit the ability of some in what they can cut others always find a way around it and still make some outstanding projects, like the horse head by Pitbull. My first saw was a Ryobi 16" single speed that only used pinned blades, but I didn't let it hold me back. Instead I just got creative and did projects that didn't have a lot of small inside cuts.

    I understand how frustrating it could be to be held back like this, so I did some research on converting my old Ryobi saw about 5 years ago and found a kit that was sold at Rockler and several places on the internet. While digging through my tool box recently I came across some parts from this kit and a flyer for the company I bought them from, Pozsgai's Designs. The link on the left for retrofit items has some conversion kits that may work for some saws being made today as well as some of the older models. The next link for accessories has a set of what they call 'Standard Blade Holders'. These are cumbersome and difficult to use at first, but, as always, with some practice you could get used to them.

    I hope this site is helpful. If I am in violation by posting this link please feel free to delete it with no hard feelings. I am in no way affiliated with this company, nor do I receive any benefits from posting any of this information, other than feeling good about sharing information.
    DeWalt DW788 & Dremel 1680

  • #2
    Jim, you are absolutly right. It shouldnt hold anyone back if thats all their saw uses is pin blades. There are quite a few patterns the work fine with pin end blades.Intarsia can easily be done using pin end blades, and look how nice intarsia projects look. I drew a wall clock pattern that is coming out in the next issue or two of SSWC that is capable of being cut with pin end blades. Sure, a pinless blade saw is great, but is it mandatory? Definatly NOT! Dale
    Dale w/ yella saws


    • #3
      I was talking with Chuck Olson the other day, and found out that something like 35% of the blades they sell are still pinned...that's a signifigant number! We're planning on adding a little logo to projects that can be cut with pinned blades.



      • #4
        Im actually drawing up a spiral friendly design now...well, as soon as I get my Christmas presents cut out.ugh. Dale
        Dale w/ yella saws


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