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A Stellite-tipped narrow bandsaw blade that stays sharp for longer when cutting difficult timbers has been introduced by Wood-Mizer
The new RazorTip blade is the latest result of continuing research and development by Wood-Mizer - the leading manufacturer of narrow band sawmills and the only sawmill manufacturer that also makes its own blades.
"RazorTip is an advanced blade that offers performance benefits for all timbers, but is especially suitable for abrasive, kiln-dried and other 'tough' wood such as our region's tropical hardwoods", said James Wong, Wood-Mizer's Regional Manager for Asia.
"Stellite is a cobalt-based alloy that is applied to the tooth tips. The material is highly wear-resistant so the blade will cut for longer before it needs resharpening - which means less downtime for blade changing and more productive cutting time".
Traditionally, Stellite is applied to the tips of unset (straight) teeth and then shaped to provide the necessary side clearance (kerf), which requires specialist sharpening equipment. With RazorTip, the Stellite is also applied to the tip of the tooth, but Wood-Mizer breaks the mould again by parallel grinding the sides of the Stellite and then setting the blade in the normal fashion.
The big advantage of this is that RazorTip blades can be resharpened and set using Wood-Mizer's conventional CBN sharpening machinery and standard setters. Customers without their own sawshop equipment can use Wood-Mizer's ReSharp service.
Wood-Mizer started manufacturing its own blades more than 20 years ago because the company was unhappy with the quality of existing blades and believed that they hampered the performance of its sawmills.
"Our goal is to produce the optimum narrow band sawblade for fast, accurate, high-yield production", said Richard Vivers, CEO of Wood-Mizer Industries.
"Sales of our blades are increasing rapidly to customers using many different makes of sawmill for a wide variety of applications. To meet this demand and ensure that we continue to drive ahead with blade technology, significant investment has been made recently in buildings and blade production lines".
With the launch of RazorTip, the company has developed new branding to more clearly identify the range of solutions available. Wood-Mizer now offers three groups of blade: SilverTip is the 'standard' range, DoubleHard is the advanced blade for industrial markets, and RazorTip is the top of the line blade for 'hard to cut' timber.
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