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Forum topic by ErikF posted 12-24-2013 05:08 AM 1182 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2013 05:08 AM

Does anyone know where I can find triangular saw files made of carbide? The files I am using right now have a somewhat short life span.

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 05:22 AM

Erik – See this thread.

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 03:19 PM

Perma-grit makes triangular carbide files, but they’re probably more suited to soft materials such as wood, plastic, etc. You can supposedly file aluminum with them but it would probably gall them and fill them up with intractable gunk just like a regular file. I don’t think they’re mechanically accurate enough to file a saw tooth in the tempered steel. Dura-grit (a similar, US-made company) has some interesting long-lasting sandpaper products, rasps/files, and burrs for Dremels and such, but I think the same limitations would apply, and no triangular shape as far as I know. Here’s a link to a youtube showing use of a couple of such tools in wood. I think it’s Eastern European of some variety, but you can easily see how these could be useful. Cut on the push and pull strokes, too.

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 08:08 PM

I can’t figure out why diamond triangular files couldn’t be used. The only problem I’ve had when I used the cheap set of diamond needle files from harbor freight is they are too coarse and too small to get a good cut on a decent size tooth. The stroke is too short to remove a lot of metal fast too. A better set made for saw filing seems like it would work well and even be able to sharpen induction hardened teeth.

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 10:36 PM

I guess I would need to know more about the file making process to understand if it would be a hard thing to accomplish. In my mind I see it as a possible market advantage, I would love to be able to buy a set of files that I know will last a lot longer than a standard file. I also buy certain tools from harbor freight because I am cheap and don’t mind if I have to replace it down the road. I have been using a lot of files so now I am wanting a better product. Same as if I were to buy a cheap router for a few odds and ends…I open up a cabinet shop and I would be upgrading my machines. I was hoping to find the Powermatic of saw files.

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