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

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 01:32 AM

The Woodmaster CT is a good blade but it has two things going against it, one it does not leave as nice of a finish (especially hand fed) as the Trimaster and certainly not the RK AND it the smallest one is 1” x .035” which is not a good candidate for a smaller saw, my MM20 can tension it correctly BUT just barely.

The Iturra tension meter is known for not being particularly repeatable which is an issue for most of the tension gauges even my Starrett since they are really designed to read much higher tensions for metal work.

Tension is important and proper tension lets one get the most out of a blade. Lower then optimum tension will allow harmonic vibrations to have higher amplitudes thus reducing the quality of the finish. Low tension also increases the tendency to barrel in the cut plus a host of other issues. Some blades respond to lower than optimum tension better than others, as a general rule carbide blades tens to respond the worst. The best thing to do is find a blade with a cross section that is condusive to proper tension on a particular saw, in the case of resaw blades reducing the width to obtain proper tension will gain you more than the loss of a 1/4” of width. This is again one area the Resaw King excels given it has a very thin gauge compared to the Lenox blades.

@ MonteCristo where did you get your uprated spring for the LT24?

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