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Sandyn

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I have an old Bursgreen planer. I got three sets of blades with it, but not very sharp. They are probably fairly old. I was sharpening one set when I noticed tiny cracks on the cutting face. Has anyone else seen this before? One of the blades is a Wadkin HSS, so OK quality. The first picture shows a small nick at the crack but other cracks have no sign of damage. Some of the cracks run a couple of mm into the blade.

Apart from old age, is there anything else which would cause cracking?

Any recommendations where to get new blades?

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RobinBHM

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ive never seen cracks like that.

that blade is dangerous.

there are loads of places that sell new -Im not sure if there is any difference in quality, they arent much money thought.
 

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Yikes!
That’s the flip side of very hard steel that will keep a sharp edge, it’s more brittle.
Age doesn’t necessarily mean degradation, or that they were of any particular quality to start with
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I have an old Bursgreen planer. I got three sets of blades with it, but not very sharp. They are probably fairly old. I was sharpening one set when I noticed tiny cracks on the cutting face. Has anyone else seen this before? One of the blades is a Wadkin HSS, so OK quality. The first picture shows a small nick at the crack but other cracks have no sign of damage. Some of the cracks run a couple of mm into the blade.

Apart from old age, is there anything else which would cause cracking?

Any recommendations where to get new blades?

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Hi they look like they have been over heated when they have been reground. HomerJ
 

Jacob

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Hi they look like they have been over heated when they have been reground. HomerJ
Maybe they'd grind out if you did it carefully? Certainly look a bit dubious. On the plus side if they are going to break up it's likely to be when they are stuck in a piece of timber, rather than flying out in bits. I know this from a breaking up spindle cutter - the bits were firmly embedded.
 
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