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Posted on Could someone help me with a decision of a carbide bandsaw blade?

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#1 posted 06-16-2012 12:50 AM

I have a lot of Lenox blades, partly because I stumbled on where they cut the price the more you buy. They seem good. I had a TRIMASTER but I think the WOODMASTER is likely better if you are only cutting wood as the TRIMASTER is for soft metals (aluminum) and other non wood materials as well as wood. It makes sense that the WOODMASTER would be better just for wood.

Lenox got a bad repuitation for bands breaking for awhile but I think they are past that and I have had no troubles.

I have an Iturra Designs tension meter and have found that none of my three bandsaws (Delta 14”, General 20”, LT24 24”) come anywhere near the 30,000 PSI Lenox and others recommend, even with improved tension springs in them. I think the tension thing is overstated. A good sharp blade will cut well even at lower tensions. Michael Fortune is a well known cabinet maker who advocates this and I think there is something to it.

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