|Review by Tennessee||posted 10-23-2012 03:33 PM||5649 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
On this site it seems like everyone has their favorite blade. To me, longevity is a biggy, as it is with most woodworkers. For a long time I struggled to find a good bandsaw blade, and it never seemed like I could get more than two months out of a blade. Months ago, back when I was still a one bandsaw shop, (so this has to be before my Grizzly, maybe five-six months ago?), I ordered four Steel City bandsaw blades, 93 1/2, 1/4” thick, 14TPI, from the Home Depot website.
The order got messed up, but eventually I got my blades. So long ago I forget what month. I’ll go with five months. I do remember that I needed the 1/4” right away, so one went on immediately. I will say that I have bearing guides both top and bottom on my Porter Cable, an upgrade that I think helps greatly with straight cutting, and my saw has been setup correctly as advocated by the Carter Systems Youtube video.
Yesterday I was in my shop as usual, and I decided to take a look at my bandsaw blade stock. Realize now that for the last two months I work in my shop four days a week, usually making things with curves, like guitars and bandsaw boxes. Before that it was five nights a week. TONS of time on the bandsaw. And I have my big Grizzly set up mainly for resaw. I get a 3/4’ blade on there, I hate to take it off, so most of the tight, close work goes through the Porter Cable. I realized that out of the four Steel City blades I had bought for the Porter Cable, three were still in their shrinkwrap cards in the cabinet, and the first one is still on my Porter Cable bandsaw. Still cutting true and straight, not hitching or catching, just making sawdust. Been on there so long I forgot I have not changed it out!
I literally cannot remember ever, ever getting a blade to last this long. Either I got lucky and got the best blades ever made by Steel City, or these are top quality blades. They are my first and only purchase of Steel City blades, and I bought them because they were 1/4”, and my local big box stores didn’t carry any 1/4”, and I was still mucking around, not thinking of all the great bandsaw blade sites on the internet.
By the way, I didn’t pay the $25 they now want, it was something less, I know that. So this blade has been on my saw long enough to go through a price increase. Glad I still got three of them in their shrinkwrap cards.
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com