I made the mistake of ordering 1 each of their 1” thick (my saw’s max) 103PC (3TPI) and 102PC (2TPI) swedish steel blades in the wrong length. I went by info I found online when ordering, instead of walking out to the shop to check for sure. Online places said 133”. The machine says 135”-137”. It just wouldn’t go on, even at the bottom of the top wheel’s extension.
I called Suffolk just now, and they said 133” is a common length, so no restocking fee. Just send it back, and he’s sending me out the right lengths, based on all the info he had on file, so I didn’t have to repeat any of it to him. I like good companies. Rockler and Sherline have been 2 others that have been as easy and helpful to work with, and they’ve gotten tons of business from me because of it. I had spent months occasionally looking into what would be the right blades, and finally realized I should just ask the people who know, and called them. I’d heard nothing but good things about them, and I got a person immediately, which I’m no longer used to, and he was calm, friendly, and patient, and helped me weigh all my options, and I felt I’d really gotten the right blades for me by the end.
The blades looked great, too. So much more powerful and professional looking than the junky stuff that came with the Craftsman 18” wood/metal band saw. I see people on YouTube, and on “How It’s Made” flying through wood on their band saws, and then I go try it, and the ~8TPI blade it came with ‘for wood’ just burns away, barely making it through. I couldn’t wait to try these new ones out, but at least now I’ll have the weekend to work on the 12 other projects I should be finishing, instead of playing with resawing logs at last, though I only have a few so far (hard to come by here in the LA suburbs).
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator