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Craftsman 14 in bandsaw what type of blades do I need?

by cobrahd1999
posted 10-12-2015 02:55 PM


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ForestGrl

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 02:54 AM

The type of blade you need depends on what kind of cutting you expect to do, can you tell us what you’re planning/expecting? TPI is not the only specification you need to choose. There’s also the width of the blade, tooth set, hook angle and thickness of the blade. There’s a good starter guide here, the first 3 pages will help you get started. Information about calculating SFM may not be applicable—it’s for saws that have various speeds available.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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junebug

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 12:11 PM

I have the same saw. I keep two types of blades on hand. For general use (straight line cuts, large radius, resaw, etc) I use a 1/2” woodslicer.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/wood-slicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx

For tighter curves, I have a 3/16” 4 tpi skip tooth that serves me well.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/316-4-tpi-skiptooth-bandsaw-blades.aspx

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 10-13-2015 12:34 PM

Forestgrl, thanks for the tip and the chart. That is just what I needed also.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 04:09 PM

Thanks guys for the info..

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#5 posted 10-13-2015 07:40 PM

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 02:54 AM

Starrett blades are very well-known and generally admired. I don’t know about Carter, other than their guides, but I would expect their blades to be high quality. I’m behind the times on blade makers, because I have so many blades hanging on the wall, but if you do a search here at Lumberjocks, you might find a thread where everyone pitches their favorite. There may be really good blades at a better price than you pay for the super-well-known names. If I stumble across a good thread, I’ll post the link here.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 04:20 PM

ForestGrl thanks…

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#8 posted 10-15-2015 02:16 AM

If you’re looking for a set of Carter guides for this saw let me know. I happen to have an extra set.

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#9 posted 10-15-2015 04:09 AM


If you re looking for a set of Carter guides for this saw let me know. I happen to have an extra set.

- Yonak

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-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#10 posted 10-15-2015 07:25 PM


If you’re looking for a set of Carter guides for this saw let me know. I happen to have an extra set.

- Yonak

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- ForestGrl

Really ? Why ?

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ForestGrl

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#11 posted 10-16-2015 02:03 AM

If you re looking for a set of Carter guides for this saw let me know. I happen to have an extra set.

- Yonak

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- ForestGrl

Really ? Why ?

- Yonak

I asked a question that wasn’t necessary. Looked for a delete option, but LJ has none.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#12 posted 10-16-2015 02:09 AM

I just bought the saw blades that Junebug listed. They are great and that woodslicer blade on my 50- year old Atlas saw does an amazing job. That 3/16” blade does allow me to cut some fairly tight curves. I think both those blades will serve you well.

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cobrahd1999

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#13 posted 10-20-2015 05:11 PM

ForestGrl should I get a set of Carter guides for my Craftsman Bandsaw Item # 00932607000P Model # BAS350?
thanks for all your help..

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#14 posted 10-20-2015 08:52 PM

Hmmmm, I’m probably not the best person to answer that question. I use Cool Blocks on my Grizzly band saw, they are phenolic laminate that you can push up right next to the blade (Click Here to see them), decidedly low-tech. Whether you should get the Carters may depend on (a) what kinds of cutting you plan to do and (b) how much you feel like spending. I’ve done work with everything from a 1/8” blade to 3/4” blade, detailed curves to resawing with the phenolics and been happy with them. Perhaps there are some Carter users out there who can tell us what they can help with, problems they solve? Have to admit, I don’t have hundreds of hours of band saw time under my belt, but have done a variety of cutting.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#15 posted 10-20-2015 08:58 PM

I used a saw very similar to that one for years. I like to use a 3/8” blade with a 3 or 4 tpi hook blade. It seems to be a good all around blade for cutting out curved parts as well as re-sawing.

-- Brian Noel

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#16 posted 10-20-2015 09:02 PM

For a “mere” ForestGrl (Forest Girl) you have an extraordinary amount of knowledge I am most impressed.
Or does the name just happen to be very close?

-- Regards Rob

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#17 posted 10-21-2015 04:45 AM



For a “mere” ForestGrl (Forest Girl) you have an extraordinary amount of knowledge I am most impressed.
Or does the name just happen to be very close?

- robscastle

Not quite sure to what you allude, but if you’re wondering am I the former FG from Knots, WWA and, for a short while, here at Lumberjocks, yes that would be me. Nobody in admin could fetch my old password or delete my old self so I could re-register, so I just tweaked the name. :-)

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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cobrahd1999

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#18 posted 05-07-2016 05:44 AM

do they sell a tool that will hold the cools since I have a 14 ” craftsman and only has the wheel guides don’t see how I can use the blocks without drill a hole so that is way I am asking if there is attachment you can buy?
thanks for any help

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MrUnix

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#19 posted 05-07-2016 05:50 AM

IMO, carter guides are a waste of money (as are cool blocks). If your saw had HSS steel guides, those are the ones to use. Check this article out comparing guide blocks (and the non-heat issue on page 2):

14 inch bandsaw blade guide review
by Jim Mattson (at Woodworkers Gazette)

Edit: Just looked at the saw in question… it’s a Rikon or close clone and has ball bearing guides, which are basically the same as the carters. You are most likely not going to be able to retrofit HSS or cool blocks unfortunately. Best bet is to tune it as best as you can and live with it… and in case you haven’t already watched it, here is the obligatory bandsaw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Sany Ahmed

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#20 posted 05-09-2016 07:00 PM

Hi Bearkatwood, the same tool I am interested to purchase. But I am confused about how big blade I should use. I just noted your post.

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