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A Worthy bandsaw blade

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Review by GaryK posted 01-27-2008 01:04 AM 10360 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been using these blades for years now and they are fantastic. They do a great jog resawing. They create no vibration and noise due to their variable tooth spacing from 3 to 4 TPI. Leaves a great finish also.
I have cut perfect .093” think slices off of an 11 1/2” board.

Fine Woodworking April 2004 has rated their Wood Slicer blade as “Best All-Round Performer” in their independent test for speed, flatness and smoothness!

It also has a very thin blade of .022”. At only $29.99 for common sizes it’s hard to beat.

You can see more at:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1293

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX




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#1 posted 01-27-2008 01:47 AM

Thanks for your review here Gary. I am definitely going to get one with the money I saved making my book stand!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 01:50 AM

I’ve been using Timberline and am not really satisfied.

From your picture it looks like you are not using a fence that is as high as the wood. Others have told me that having a tall fence would improve resawing.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 02:05 AM

Sawdust2 – That’s actually a stock picture from their website.

Having a fence as tall as the wood would only work if you have adjusted the fence for drift.
I do do that when I am making precision cuts.

Sometimes I am just resawing some 8/4 stock to 4/4 stock and I don’t want to put a tall fence on. What I do is clamp a piece of wood on the table at the width of cut then use a featherboard to keep the bottom of the board against it. Then I just draw a line on the top of the board and just follow the line.

It’s suprisingly quick and accurate.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 02:08 AM

Must be practice.
I’ve done the David Marks thing about adjusting for drift but that changes with each blade.
On free hand resawing I do alright for about 5 feet and then there will be a small bump. Usually only a problem for the small side if I’m trying to resaw 5/4 to make 1/2 boards.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 02:25 AM

You beat me to the punch on this one Gary.

I recently purchased one, & tried it on a 9’’ thick piece of Maple.

It cut like a charm, with my fence set straight. not a bit of drift.

I think a lot has to do with my saw.

I really haven’t had one of these blades long enough to say how long it’ll last,

but by the looks of it, I think it’ll last a long time.

I’ll be buying more of these.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 02:38 AM

Gary,

What size blade would you use for most of your work with the bandsaw? Do you usually keep the same blade on yours to do everything?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 11:22 AM

Thanks Gary. Resawing is all I do on my big bandsaw. I believe I’ll be ordering one of these bad-boys, soon.

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 03:28 PM

When I tried my Wood Slicer blade, I took this picture.
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A nice clean cut.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 04:49 PM

Tom – I usually get 3/4” for a stiffer blade, but I have also used the 1/2 with equal success. I would recommend the 1/2” first because you can do more with it other than resaw. Tighter circles and curves.

I usually only change blades when I have to. I would much rather be cutting things.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 05:22 PM

I had one years ago. The cut was fantastic on all of the practice cuts. But when i went to do the real cuts the blade seemed to be dull and wouldn’t cut.

I was unhappy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 05:41 PM

I’ve been jonesing for a luaguna resaw blade since I saw the cut they got at a local woodshow.
This does not look too shabby either and it seems the price is much better.

Gary, where did you find the listing for a 3/4” blade? I must have missed it when I looked at the site.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 01-27-2008 05:59 PM

Bob – Here is tha main page showing all the options.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=295

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 01-27-2008 11:38 PM

Great tips there Gary. I use a similar blade. The larger teeth make all the difference.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 01-29-2008 03:28 AM

Hi Gary;

I too was using a timber line and wasn’t overly impressed with it.

Actually I didn’t see any difference from the jet blades I bough with my saw.

Lee

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#15 posted 01-29-2008 03:41 AM

Hey Lee,

This isn’t the Timber line it’s the Wood Slicer from Highland.

Maybe you meant the Wood Slicer though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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