I’ve started buying coils and soldering my own blades.
This is a Nicholson old stock (no longer made) 5/8 3tpi wood
cutting band coil. It is 100’ and I paid $69 shipped for it.
I’ll get 11 blades for my 104” bandsaw (INCA 710) at a
price per blade of about $6.25. For comparison, Lee Valley
sells 1/2” x 3tpi welded blades for my saw for $25 each.
I buy the coil stock on ebay… I have yet to see 1/2” x 3tpi
stock at such a nice price.
My saw takes up to 1” wide blades so going with 5/8”
is not a problem.
Cutting, scarfing and soldering a blade takes about 10 minutes.