The Scheppach RS400 – The Ideal Garden Sieve
Compost is a very useful material for gardeners, whether you are a DIY landscaper planting flowers in your own garden, or are a professional gardener overseeing a community scheme. However, while it may be convenient to use compost straight from the compost bin to dig around your vegetable patch, this may not always be the best solution, as large pieces of compost can be hard to rake and can cover your carefully tended grass.
To avoid this, many gardeners prefer to use finely sieved compost to pot up their seedlings and top-dress their lawn. Yet creating this can be tricky and labour-intensive when using normal plastic hand sieves. That’s why, here at Kendal Tools and Machinery, we aim to provide our customers with the best rotary garden sieves to save them valuable time working on their patch.
The main type of garden sieve we offer our customers here at Kendal Tools is the Scheppach RS400. The RS400 is an automatic rotary garden sieve, which can help refine and separate large amounts of compost that can’t be handled with a manual sieve. But what are the main advantages of the RS400? Here are three main reasons why this garden sieve is an excellent choice when composting your garden:
It’s a heavy duty sieving machine
To put it simply, the RS400 garden sieve is a serious piece of kit. With its rotating cylinder boasting a trammel design and its 0.5 horsepower electric motor, the RS400 is able to sift through significant volumes of soil and compost at any one time. This makes it an ideal choice for professional and/or large-scale gardeners and composters such as those operating allotments or community schemes. The RS400 can even be shared among schemes if you’re really looking for value for money.
Compost won’t stick
The main problem with smaller hand sieves is that larger clumps of compost can sometimes stick, making the sieve less efficient the more intensely it is used. As the RS400 garden sieve’s cylinder rotates 35 times a minute, it can easily keep the compost inside finely refined, meaning no sticky patches here, and making it easy to maintain. No matter how many times you use it, you can be sure that your RS400 will continue to do the job.
Able to sieve other material
The genius of the RS400 garden sieve is that its sieving ability is not just applicable to compost. It can also be used for other applications, such as cleaning and sieving your children’s sandpit, or sifting through stony ground to keep your garden rock-free. With versatility such as this, you will always find a use for this garden sieve.
Contact us today!
If you are interested in the Scheppach RS400, we can supply these excellent garden sieves for sale from Kendal Tools and Machinery. All you have to do is get in touch with us via our contact page; we’d be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
Choosing and Using the most suitable Bandsaw Blades
Guide to Choosing and Using the correct Bandsaw Blades
With so many Bandsaw Blades for Wood on the market it can be difficult to know which type is best, and most suitable for your needs. Below we explain and discuss how to choose and use your Wood Cutting Bandsaw Blades.
The thickness of your chosen Bandsaw Blade is extremely important. This is because you do not want to exert undue pressure or tension on the metal which could cause unnecessary damage. There are two things that we advise you to consider. (1) The material that is being cut and (2) the size of the wheels. As a general guide we suggest that thinner bandsaw blades are used for light work and thicker blades for chunky materials, although they may have more chance of flexing.
Quick guide to Bandsaw Blades in UK
Diameter of wheel 6 inches = blade thickness of .014″
• 8 inches = .018″
• 10 inches =.020"
• 18 inches = 0.25"
• 24 inches = .032"
• 30 inches = .035″
• 30 + inches = .042″ +
Number of teeth
The number of teeth per inch or (TPI) is important in ensuring that you get the correct or desired finish. The greater the TPI the smoother the cut, however it will be a slower job. Likewise, fewer TPI will give a rougher edge but will be done quicker.
So as a general rule:
• 2 or 3 TPI for thicker woods.
• 3 or 4 TPI for coarse woods and when you need to cut quickly.
• 6 to 8 TPI is fantastic for all round general use.
• When cutting metals ideally the TPI should be between 18 to 32.
Tooth styles and set
The 3 basic styles of tooth sets are skip, regular and hook. The teeth on skip blades are widely spaced and have a rake angle of 0° which makes them perfect for cutting softer materials. Regular tooth blades comprise of evenly proportioned teeth, which are best suited for general work. These blades are also useful for cutting thinner pieces of wood.
Hook tooth blades comprise of a deep gullet and have a rake angle of 10°. This gives a more aggressive cut which is best used with long and thicker materials such as hardwood and/or metals. You can easily tell the set by looking directly at the teeth.
For example the Raker set has a tooth combination of one tooth to the left, one tooth to the right and then a tooth that is straight. This sequence is then repeated.
So how do you know what Appropriate tooth set to use?
All this means is that there is a balance between the amount of sawdust created and air flow in its environment. An appropriate set should comprise 80 percent of sawdust to 20 percent air being created. This balance achieves warm sawdust and a smooth/even cut. Too much set will create less sawdust and leave marks on the wood; too little and this will create too much sawdust that is hot to touch and increased cutting times.
Size of blades
Size is important as this will ensure the effective working of the bandsaw. A good formulate to follow for getting the length correct is below.
• Set the wheels in the starting position
• Measure the distance between the centre of each drive wheel (C)
• Measure each radius (R1 and R2) of the lower and upper wheels and use the following equation to determine length.
• (R1 X 3.146) + (R2 X 3.146) + (2 X C) = Length
To learn more about choosing the right bandsaw blade for you then please visit our website Homepage or Bandsaw Blades page.
We've all been there, faced with a new project and needing to get on with it. Bandsaws are an incredibly useful tool but when working with wood bandsaw blades can have a significant impact on what you can achieve. Creating veneers, cutting boards to specific widths, quickly cutting raw timber, making curves and many other tasks can all be conducted with a bandsaw. But, what blade is right for the job? Well, if your current job needs a bandsaw blade, the following guide should help you pick the right one.
What effect does the pitch or teeth per inch actually have on a job?
The pitch of blades for bandsaws is measured by the number of teeth per inch (also known as TPI). This has an impact on the speed and smoothness of the cut. The lower the pitch (smaller number of teeth per inch), the faster the blade will cut but the result will be a rougher surface finish. More teeth per inch will provide you with a cleaner cut but will take longer to achieve.
Does the thickness of bandsaw blades matter?
The thickness of the blade of your bandsaw can make a small difference. Narrow blades could make cutting easier, they certainly make bandsawing veneer more efficient. You could arguably get an extra veneer out of a board using a thinner blade. If you're cutting green wood a thicker blade would be a better option.
Bandsaw teeth come in several shapes. While hook, raker, skip and standard are some of the more common ones the hook is a versatile shape for the majority of jobs. Other shapes may provide a smoother cut but are slower than the hook.
Width of the bandsaw blade
The width of the blade for your bandsaw can make a big difference on the type of project you can work on. A narrow blade is more suitable for tight curves, whereas a broader blade is better when cutting straights or creating veneers.
What is the tooth/blade material?
All of our bandsaw blades are manufactured in the UK to the highest standards. Made from precision high carbon steel strip for superior cutting performance, fatigue resistance and tougher teeth. The life of our blades has been dramatically improved by the fine dispersion of carbide during heat treatment.
Where can you get the right blade from?
To buy the right bandsaw blades for wood you can run a search from our Homepage, alternatively you can visit our Bandsaw Blades page.
PLUS Custom Welding Service
We also offer a custom service to provide blades to fit any size of bandsaw machine you need. We can make any length, any width, any tpi with all of our bandsaw blades UK manufactured.
Let us help you get to work with the right blade for the job!
You may have noticed a few changes to our web site recently.
First of all we have a new picture on the home page of Blea Tarn here in the Lake District National Park.
It is situated between Little Langdale and Great Langdale in the heart of the Lake District.
We have also made it easier to order machines as most prices over £100 have FREE delivery.
Have a good look around our site, if you have any questions regarding any of the machines feel free to ask for any technical advice.
I thought it might be useful if I listed below some of our most popular table saws, you can see what other people have ordered.
This Charnwood W650 table saw is very popular it has precision ground tables a good size sliding table, right hand extension and rear take off tables.
It comes with a TCT saw blade giving you a 75mm deep cut, powered with a 1700 watt quiet running induction motor.
An ideal saw for most workshops
This Scheppach Precisa 3.0 table saw is popular with enthusiastic DIYers, professional joiners and cabinet makers.
It has a 2mtre long sliding table beam that can be removed very quickly if space is an issue, the right hand sliding table can be folded away as well.
Unusually it has a 280mm dia. blade giving you a 90mm deep cut. it comes complete with TCT blade and a 2.6kw / 3.5hp quiet running induction motor.
Out of all the site type contractors saws our best seller has been the Scheppach TS30, it has now been replaced with a new version which is almost the same but made in a different factory, hence the model number change to HS120.
It comes with sliding table on ball bearings, rear take off table, wheels for moving it about, TCT saw blade with 83mm depth of cut and 3ph induction motor for quiet running.
A smaller saw for cabinet making, the Charnwood W619 has a cast iron table. It has a sliding table plus rear take of table, the depth of cut is 60mm with a 1.5hp / 1100 watt induction motor for quiet running.
When your not using the bandsaw,take the blade off tension so that the blade is not always under stress.
If the blade starts cutting to the left or right and does not cut to the line you want, it usually means it is getting blunt.
There are lots of different widths and teeth per inch (tpi), the general rule is the tighter the radius you want to cut the narrower the blade, use wide blades with less tpi for cutting straight or gradual curves. The deeper the cut the courser the tooth so that you get lots of air in between the teeth.
Remember, if you cut a lot of round blanks for woodturning all in the same direction it will take the set off one side of the blade.
For very deep cutting we offer a 1"(25mm) wide bandmill blade with 1.3tpi, ideal for ripping down large bulks of timber. They are not listed on our web site so please inquire.