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Needed Chronomat blade Holders

Kidgreen

Grumbler
Hi all, I have been using my Chronomat for many years now and love it!! My problem is the blade holders have gotten weak and are now hooking and dropping the blades in midcut.

Does anyone have a resource for new old stock? I have ordered from Logan but they are even worse for holding onto the blade. Guess they do not make magnets like they used to.

Any help is treasured.

Thanks,
Ken
 
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AaronF

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Is it just the magnet that is your issue Ken? You could possibly try replacing them yourself if you're much of a DIYer with something like this. If the holder has metal worn away in certain areas, you can try a local welder. Those who work for the tool and die trade in particular as they are accustomed to different types of metals with very strict tolerances involved.

Hope this helps as your post isn't too dated yet. =)
 

Joe B

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I recommend that you contact Logan. Logan's Graphic 850 Platinum Edge is the same as Chronomat because Logan bought the Chronomat design when they went out of business.
 

Kidgreen

Grumbler
Hi Joe,

I contacted Logan and their blade holder was just slightly larger so it did not fit. Thanks for the thought though.
 

Kidgreen

Grumbler
Is it just the magnet that is your issue Ken? You could possibly try replacing them yourself if you're much of a DIYer with something like this. If the holder has metal worn away in certain areas, you can try a local welder. Those who work for the tool and die trade in particular as they are accustomed to different types of metals with very strict tolerances involved.

Hope this helps as your post isn't too dated yet. =)

Hi Aaron,

I can try to switch out the magnets. Getting a tool and die maker is a good thought. That I will investigate.

Thanks
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
Hi Joe,

I contacted Logan and their blade holder was just slightly larger so it did not fit. Thanks for the thought though.
Having hacked my own Chronomat blade holder, I'm wondering if the Logan blade holder can be modified. If its a tad to large, maybe a little time with a bench grinder could small it up enough to fit.

I needed to be able to cut 3/8" foam, which was too thick for the Chronomat to cut. The blade wouldn't cut all the way through so I bought an extra holder from Phaedra and ground down the leading edge so I could get a blade to cut all the way through.

You didn't mention if it was the height or the thickness that is too large. Either dimension could be ground down with a bench grinder. Be sure to wear gloves as that puppy will become very warm while grinding.
 

Joe B

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Hi Joe,

I contacted Logan and their blade holder was just slightly larger so it did not fit. Thanks for the thought though.
Did you purchase it and try it or did you go by what they said. If it isn't to expensive I would purchase it and do what Larry says to do, slight modifications. It should be really close because they did purchase the patent from what I understand.
 

Kidgreen

Grumbler
Thank you guys for the insights. I am using the new holder for the bevel side and it seems to be ok. After a couple of uses it seems to fit ok. The straight cut side is a little tight going in and a bear to take out but it is holding the blade just fine. I discovered that if I tweak down on the holding screw a little more it holds the blade well.

I appreciate all the help.

Ken
 
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