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Old School Band Filers


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Old 04-14-2018, 05:27:59 PM
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Default Old School Band Filers

I'm looking for some stories on how band filers were used, likely in die making?? Grob made one they called the FAB-18, and some DoAll bandsaws could accept band files. I assume band filers and die filers went extinct pretty much at the same time? I've seen them referred to as "lappers". None of the band files that I have are that fine--was there a different meaning?

I have used my Grob band filer on a wide variety of materials-phenolic, steel,aluminum, etc.- without issues. Slow stock removal, but friendly to work on. More of a "get it to fit" type machine- at least the way I use it.

Any recollections would be appreciated-------
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Default Re: Old School Band Filers

I have the filer attachment for 1 of my Doalls and a couple of band files. I never tried it out. I also have a die filing machine which I used a few times but not lately. Rob
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Default Re: Old School Band Filers

Well, lately I have been using this Harbor Freight
"Bandfile Belt Sander":
https://www.harborfreight.com/53-amp...der-62863.html

I know it's not exactly what you are asking about, but it works great for me.
I am using it to square up and finish hardy holes in anvils that I make from pieces of railroad rail.
This tool uses a 1/2" wide by 18" long sanding belt. A few friends use them for many finishing applications where it's hard to get into corners, etc..

Several years ago I bought a Harbor Freight hand held air powered die filer, too. I used up all the extra files that came with it. Not a great tool and now they don't even list it or have parts. I have found a couple of places that sell the files, but getting the Bandfile Belt Sander, I don't need it.

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Default Re: Old School Band Filers

Your hand held probe belt grinder is way more useful in general shop work- I have one too and they are great. And certainly in your application, boosting a anvil onto the table and threading the band file thru the hardy hole shows how specialized/limited these machines were.
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