Axcaliber bandsaw blades are manufactured at Axminster using advanced CNC machining, high precision digital measuring equipment and specialised heat treatment facilities. Detailed quality checks are performed at each stage of manufacture using the most modern inspection equipment. The result is a blade which consistently cuts straighter, has harder, longer-life teeth and which gives a superior finish to the work. The final step in the manufacturing process is one of the most important – the weld. We have invested heavily in this area through the purchase of precision welding and grinding equipment and are, as a result, one of the few companies worldwide able to offer a fully guaranteed weld. Blades are cut accurately to length then, using an IDEAL bandsaw blade welder, a high voltage current is passed through the blade to achieve a precision butt weld. The weld is annealed to remove any brittleness and danger of fatigue and then hand dressed to produce a perfectly smooth joint.
Two type of high carbon blades are produced, Standard and Smooth Cut. The Standard blades cover all widths and tooth pitches in normal gauge thickness, whilst the Smooth Cut is manufactured from thinner gauge stock with a thinner tooth kerf width and is designed for rip cutting only. Its cutting action is smoother, it tracks more accurately and produces less waste than a Standard blade. Please note, Smooth Cut blades are not suitable for curvature work due to the thin set of the teeth.