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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #47: Some Things Just Aint Right

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Blog entry by William posted 611 days ago 1220 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some of you who read my ramblings know that I have been setting up my second shop build bandsaw to make curved cuts, giving me one for curves and one for resawing.
The only thing I have been lacking is a blade. I have an extra resaw blade, but since noone locally carries a 105” blade, I had to order one for curved cuts because, as I found out, a resaw blade does not do this very well.

So I ordered a quarter inch wide blade. After reading reviews, here and elsewhere, I settled on getting the Timber Wolf blade. Everyone seems to agree that they are quality blade.
So I placed my order and waited.

It arrived amazingly fast. I placed my order online Friday. So I wasn’t expecting it until the middle of the week at the earliest, especially with today being the Monday after Thanksgiving. So I was surprised when it came in today.
I opened the box to find it, not wrapped in the fancy orange paper I usually see from Highland, where I ordered it from, but wrapped in newspaper.
I unwrapped this and got quite angry.
No I wasn’t angry because it was wrapped in newspaper. Times are hard. Anything that keeps the blade from rattling around and cutting the box open I guess worked.
You don’t see what I’m angry about?

How about now?
Doesn’t that just make one bite ten penny nails in two?
What?
Still nothing?
I’ll give you an even close look then.

See now?
Who in the world does that?
That just aint right.
I think I’m going to call up that company and raise cane.
Why would anyone send out a paper with the crossword already done?

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In all seriousness though. I’ve only tested the blade for a few minutes. So I won’t write up a review or anything at the moment. It seems to be a very good blade. As a matter of fact, it cuts cleaner, and with a smaller radius circle, than my old Craftsman saw could have ever dreamed of.
I think I’m going to like this much better than what I’ve been using.
And I think I can even forgive them enough to go find my own crossword.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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JL7

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#1 posted 611 days ago

HA! That is FUNNY! You should definitely call them and demand a clean crossword!

I am confused tho….I thought Highland sells the Wood Slicer, not the Timber Wolf??

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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William

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#2 posted 611 days ago

You are correct. I checked my receipt, and it did not come from Highland.
I must have messed up because I was so upset by the crossword.
I bought it from here.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#3 posted 611 days ago

You had me going, you nut.
That was almost as funny as Rex’s noise.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#4 posted 611 days ago

I can never compete with Rex on BS.
I won’t even try.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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jap

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#5 posted 611 days ago

lol

-- Joel

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 611 days ago

William,
You CAN compete with Rex on BS. That is as long as BS stands for BandSaw!!!

I do have a question regarding the completed crossword puzzle. Was it correct???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#7 posted 611 days ago

I don’t know Randy.
I was too fumed to even check to make sure they got it correct.
As I was unwrapping the blade and seen a crossword, I started looking forward to going and sitting on the crapper while I completed it.
What a disappointment.
Now I’ve held it in all day and will probably be constipated for at least a week.
It’s their fault.
I think next time I will order by phone and request an unfinished crossword.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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grizzman

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#8 posted 611 days ago

now i know two guys who have sniffed the lacquer thinner to long…lol…..yea pretty funny William, who is sick enough to do that to a wood worker…lol…good luck, ive heard there great blades..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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eddie

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#9 posted 611 days ago

William its hard to match wits with Rex ,but you hold your own ,but thoses cut you showed are impressive looks like a win to me, and put that cross word puzzel down .:) he got 67 down wrong ,makes me mad to just see one like that completely done

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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William

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#10 posted 611 days ago

Grizz, from what I can tell, this blade is going to be a winner. With the craftsman, the saw did not warrant buying a good blade for, so I simply purchased Olsons from a local store. They did well enough for rough work, but for detail work, I always moved to my scroll saw, which of course was slow. This blade cuts with precision, quickly, and clean cuts. I think I’ll like it. Let me get some miles on it and I’ll do a proper review of it.

Eddie, I think I should glue the puzzle to wood, cut it into pieces, mail some of it back to the company, and tell them I’m holding the rest of it for the ransom of an uncompleted crossword.

Little known fact.
I’ve been making jokes, but I was actually a little disappointed when I seen it done. I am a crossword junkie.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 611 days ago

Got a good chuckle out of that one;)

I get my Timber Wolf blades from Grizzly. They always seemed reasonably priced so I have not done any price checking to compare. I have always had good service from Grizzly so that also gains my loyalty.

I have been pretty happy with the performance of the Timber Wolf blades on my 17” bandsaw, but I made the mistake of buying some Olson blades last time. The local dealer assured me they were competitive in quality and performance to the Timber Wolf blades. I can assure you they are NOT and I regret buying them. I won’t have to wait long to replace them since they are pretty much crap and won’t last anyways.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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William

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#12 posted 610 days ago

I’d have to dig the receipt back out for an exact price Todd. I will do that if you want. The price from Suffolk though was right around thirty bucks with the shipping, if that helps. If it does nearly as good as the Wood Slicer I bought from Highland woodworking, it’ll be well worth that price.

I have had, like many, a long hard road with band saw blades, and finding anything I find worth the cost.
I agree completely with you that Olson blades are crap. I originally bought that brand for two reasons. It was available locally in 80” length for the Craftsman saw I was using. I also thought they’d be good since I have come to trust Olson scroll saw blades. I have found nothing that compares to the Olson pinned scroll saw blades I use on my Craftsman scroll saw.
I almost am tempted to keep the old Craftsman and buy a quality blade for it just to see what it would do then. I don’t think I need three band saws though.

I have heard of a Pro version of Olson band saw blades. From my experience with the ones I’ve bought locally though, I don’t think I’d have enough confidence in them to pay what I’ve seen them for, which is comparable to the Timber Wolf prices.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 610 days ago

I would be interested in hearing how it compares to the Wood Slicer from Highland. I have never used the Wood Slicer but it was on the “recommended” list & supposedly better than the Timber Wolf. I have not got around to trying one yet.

Here is a link to the Grizzly page with 80in blades.

I understand the convenience of buying locally. You need it – hop in the car & go get it. That was one of the main reasons I was willing to try the Olson blade and, like most people, I am willing to try different products.

I paid as much for the regular Olson blades locally as I do the Timber Wolf blades from Grizzly. The only savings I got was shipping.

Interesting that Olson makes such a great scroll saw blade, sad their bandsaw blades do not compare.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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William

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#14 posted 610 days ago

Well I’m using a half inch wood slicer on one saw for resawing.
I’m using a quarter inch blade on the other saw for curved cuts.
So it’ll be hard to compare the two since I’m using them with different objectives.
I will do a full review of both blades after I’ve put some more miles on them though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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MontanaBob

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#15 posted 610 days ago

I’ve been using the Timber Wolf blades and really like them…I’m with Todd on the Olson blades …..I’ve used the Olson scroll saw blades but like the Fly Dutchman blades….I get my Timber Wolf blades from PSwood.com…cost less, fast service…

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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