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 Post subject: What Is A Band Tool?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:43 pm 
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I was thinking of perhaps eventually looking at buying a few bands and I found something called a band tool on the VFH website. Could someone tell me how it works? Is it necessary to mount bands onto a shank?
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 Post subject: Re: What Is A Band Tool?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:01 pm 
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I believe it is used to stretch bands to size so you can adjust them for repairs.

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 Post subject: Re: What Is A Band Tool?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:20 pm 
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Thanks Chris, that helps but I am still curious how it works.
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 Post subject: Re: What Is A Band Tool?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:33 pm 
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The pegs are to keep the mortise/shank aligned while applying downward pressure, and the cup is to burnish the sharp edge of a trimmed-off band.

Neither step/method is recommended. Mortises come in too many sizes, and burnishing is uneven unless the shank is dead-round, which is almost never the case.

Enlarging bands involves something called "chasing", and requires task-specific hardened mandrels and polished hammers.

Repair banding is the simplest of concepts, but EXTREMELY difficult to do well. If you want something decorative on a new pipe, use parallel-sided tubing, and slip fit / flush mount it inlay-style. You'll be glad you did. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: What Is A Band Tool?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:20 am 
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That makes a lot more sense George.

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 Post subject: Re: What Is A Band Tool?
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thanks for the explanation George and the heads up on what to use instead.


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