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#1 posted 03-12-2012 03:41 PM

I think of the blades that come with bandsaws not as blades at all but rather just the filler they use in that space for shipping. Never seen one yet that came with a really good blade but you may want to try yours just s you can actually see the difference when you put a good blade on it.

Timberwolf and woodslicer are both good brands. While it’s true that more TPI generally means a smoother finish, I choose TPI based on the number teeth that will be in the wood at the same time so for me it’s 3 or 4 TPI for resawing or large bracket feet and 10 TPI if the wood being cut is 2 inches or less in thickness. Larger blade widths allow for higher tension and reduce blade drift but limit how tight a radius you can cut. Smaller widths cut tighter curves but with less tension and consequently more drift. So it all depends on what you want to cut. If you’re making small wooden toys or bandsaw boxes, you might want a 3/16 or 1/4 inch blade but if you’re making furniture size pieces, the 1/2 or larger might work fine. Blade changes are actually fast and easy on my bandsaw so I go back and forth depending on the task. Other people have saws that make adjusting a bear for blade changes so they tend to stick with one general purpose blade as much as they can. As they say, individual results may vary….

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