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TimberWolf bandsaw blade - NOT a review ;-)

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 11-24-2009 03:08 AM 8141 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just can’t review stuff. I have NO point of reference. Pretty much everything I have is my first [insert tool type here]. It wouldn’t be fair.

BUT … after:

- MUCH messing with my Grizzly G0555X 14” bandsaw,

- figuring out that the entire blade tensioning mechanism was faulty (new parts on the way)

- finding out all I could about tuning a bandsaw, and thinking I had it set up pretty darned well

I finally stopped by the woodworking store and picked up two new TimberWolf blades:

- 1/2” 3TPI (I’ll have to figure out which tooth configuration it is)

- 1/4” 6TPI (ditto)

Today, after screwing up my tall oak mirror project (drilled dowel holes in the outside of the frame, instead of the inside. Dumb move by a guy who should have taken a break, but … plugs will fix all), I installed the new TW 1/2 inch-er, re-tuned the saw, and then fired her up.

It’s quiet. It cuts laser straight. It EATS any wood I can throw at it (have crosscut and ripped, but NOT re-sawn … yet), and cuts darned cleanly.

This blade is SO much better than my OEM blade that I’m almost thinking the OEM blade was defective … or used …. or … just junk.

I mean … WOW!!!!

I turned down a couple of opportunities for discounted Olson blades, having heard great stuff about TW.

Count me as a fan.

[now we’ll have to see what I can DO with them!]

-- -- Neil



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Bothus

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 03:15 AM

Great unreview Neil but where’s the video? You have following now ya know, ya can’t just quit.

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 03:34 AM

Neil,
The blade that comes with a Grizzly Bandsaw is not very good, but in fairness they have no idea what type of work the user does, so an inexpensive blade is installed. I guess you are supposed to choose a blade to purchase which suits you useage. Grizzly does sell Timber Wolf blades and I agree they are excellent. Another blade you might try for resawing is the “Wood Slicer” from Highland woodworking – it is awesome at resawing.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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NBeener

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 03:38 AM

Roger: very fair point. Lots of things purchased are similar, actually. I simply wasn’t aware of this, and of how much difference a different blade might make.

I think I’ll be picking up a few more TW blades—maybe from Grizzly (great customer service!) and will definitely look at the Wood Slicer. Many thanks!

Bothus? What can I say? You shamed me into it ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 03:50 AM

I like to order my TimberWolf blades directly from the manufacturer, Suffolk Machinery. They only take orders via phone and the customer service is great. If you call and tell them what bandsaw you have and what you want to use it for, they will recommend blades from the many different configurations they have to choose from. Also, when you buy three blades, you will get a fourth one for free.

There is some very useful information on the web site about using their blades and bandsaw use in general.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 03:58 AM

Neil!!!!
It sounds different!?^^&* No screech. Maybe even my toy bandsaw needs a new blade (-: Good show, I think that is my next major purchase, so keep up the infommercial, I need motivation….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 04:12 AM

Neil, this is a good write-up on the TW blade. This is the blade that I routinely use on my saw. I also have a 3/4 Woodslicer for resawing. I could not agree with your assessment of the TW blade more. It cuts cleanly and almost effortlessly through any wood that is thrown at it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Bothus

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 04:32 AM

Another great video. And that bandsaw does sound better with that new blade.

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 06:03 AM

Being a complete noob hasn’t kept me from reviewing anything :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 07:10 AM

If it looks like a review and sounds like a review . great review.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 07:31 AM

Hi

I just got a free Timberwolf blade for the sawmill to try. It is 158” long 1 1/4” wide with a pitch of 7/8” and set of .021. If you go to there website you can see how you can get a free blade from them and they pay the shipping also so it don’t cost you one red cent to try one of their blades. Also you will get a catalog with the blade that has a lot of info in it about their blades and troubleshooting problems also.

Henry

-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#11 posted 11-24-2009 02:43 PM

I have the 1/2” Wood Slicer and its a beauty. Cuts like butter! But thanks for the review and video.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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NBeener

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#12 posted 11-24-2009 04:43 PM

Chuck: I’ve had the Suffolk website up on my computer since about two days after receiving my b-saw ;-) Fate put me five minutes away from Woodcraft, though, and …. my wife wanted a trip to the fabric store (negotiations began….)

Jim B: Best $28 I’ve spent so far. If they make one that fits your saw, and you can narrow down what parameters are for you (Suffolk DOES have a great rep for talking people through this….), then … I’d wholeheartedly recommend trying one!

Scott and Eric: Thanks for another nod to the Wood Slicer. Now, THAT website is open on my computer :-)

Bothus: Hard to say whether the blade truly changed the sound. Between vids, I’ve figured out how you’re really supposed to tune a bandsaw. It’s amazing how much disagreement there was, between ‘experts,’ over thousandths of an inch.

I think the tuning changed the sound the most, but … the blade SURE changed the cut!

Jimi and a1Jim: Okay, then. We’ll call it a review. I didn’t have the guts ;-)

Henry: I saw that deal. Since I already bought two (under the PS Wood name), I’d now have to buy three more to get the 4th. For me …. I dunno’. For others, though … pretty good deal!

Neighbors’ dogs (ongoing problem. Don’t ask) woke me, again, way too early. If I can’t break the tired thing … no shop time for me :-(

I don’t mind messing up and drilling plugg-able holes in the wrong places, but … that table saw meets THUMB picture is firmly burned in my mind, now.

Yikes!

-- -- Neil

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stefang

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#13 posted 11-24-2009 07:04 PM

Thanks for the review Neil. I’ll buy a TW blade as soon as they become available in Norway. Maybe I can get one for my 110th birthday. Glad to hear you have the bandsaw up and running smoothly. Your mirror project look real nice and I hope you will post it when it’s finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Andrew

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#14 posted 11-24-2009 07:57 PM

Great job, Neil. The timberwolf blades are the best I have used. But, I use them primarily to cut bowl blanks. My blades have had a rough time with operater error, ie… Wood is not flat on the table the blade jerks it down, oh now I have a kink. Other issues like letting them get to dull and using them to cut 8 inches of walnut too quickly, oh, a broken blade. Thank god the blades just get sucked up into the machine. Blades are easy enough to sharpen, they just need a new point at the same bevel angle they had originally. You should not have these problems, I am not sure how many logs you plan to cut on your bandsaw. Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the new bandsaw. Keep all 10.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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NBeener

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#15 posted 11-24-2009 08:05 PM

Thanks, Mike!

Sorry to hear about the choice limitations you’re experiencing in Scandinavia. I don’t know whether you still have family Stateside or not, but … if nobody else would … I’d be happy to get some stuff together and ship it to you, if you wanted/needed.

The mirror project—aside from my too-tired-drilled-wrong error—has another minor issue (visible in the video, too!): the doweling jig I’m using no longer seems to ensure parallel holes. The middle piece—with the bushings, and between the outside clamps—doesn’t stay parallel. Too minor for MY eyes to catch, but bad enough to create a non-square joint :-(

Have a call in to the manufacturer to see if I need to return it. LUCKILY, there are “trim blocks” that will make that problem all but invisible for the mirror.

Andrew: I haven’t even gotten to the operator error stage of bandsaw use … yet. I’m sure I have that to look forward to, too :-)

I’ve really gotten a LOT of good info from flipping through my used copy of Mark Duginske’s “Band Saw Handbook.” He covers sharpening in there, too. I’ll have to see if I have the guts to do that. Doesn’t sound like rocket science.

Logs? The only thought I have about cutting logs is my idea for a fireplace mantel. I want to create one, but … for some reason … I’d really like that one to have a story behind it—maybe some beetle kill from the Rockies that I buy/cut, take to a mill, have them rough saw it, and then I take it from there. ???

-- -- Neil

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