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Forum topic by BroncoBrian posted 06-10-2015 06:11 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2015 06:11 PM

Curious how many of you experience bad blades from time to time.

I replaced my stock blade with a Timberwolf blade and the blade moved from front to back. Tried everything and finally removed it to find the weld was not great.

Next blade up was ordered from Spectrum Supply, 3/4” bi-metal. Much better but there was still movement front to back. Called them and they said they were having a problem getting the backs parallel for welding.

Shouldn’t they check them before they ship? I checked it on a starrett straight edge and it was a bad weld. Out almost 1/16th over only 4 inches. Seems like a lot.

It this normal or incredibly bad luck two times in a row. FYI – It costs $18 to ship back to Spectrum just so they could decide if they can reweld it. C’mon! Seriously. Went through with this as an experiment, either I get a great blade bad and hope it does not happen again, or I stick with the 3rd blade.

Blade 3 was a woodslicer from Highland. Perfect weld (checked before installing), no issues at all.

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 08:00 PM

Spectrum should have supplied you with a prepaid label for the return. They’d be on my “no buy” list after that episode.


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#2 posted 06-10-2015 08:16 PM

Agreed, if I don’t get something great back from them, they will be.

I am surprised they even asked me to return it. I almost didn’t, but the blade was about $49 so I thought I might as well take a hit and see what happens.

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 08:25 PM

I quit buying timer-wolf blades long ago because of bad welds.

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 10:50 PM

I’ve bought 10 or so Viking blades over the last 3 years, took a brand new 1/4” blade out of the package and it snapped at the weld as I put it on the saw. Only problem I’ve ever had, and Lee Valley gladly refunded my money, great exchange service and the customer is always right, love dealing with them.

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#5 posted 06-11-2015 12:22 AM

I have had 3 bad welds from Spectrum out of maybe 200 blades over the years, they credited my account when they verified the weld was indeed bad. Given that they are really an industrial supply house they operate a little different from the Amazon model for etailers, for me their prices more than make up for the rare issue with a return.

I had worse look (by a long shot) back a few years ago with Timber Wolf when I had need for a few high silicon blades, however, they seemed to have worked through that for the last couple of years and I don;t see near the issues I once did.

Over time I have seen just about every supplier go through a period of poor welds then it usually goes away for a while and then crops back up.

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 01:21 AM

I have a PM 14” bandsaw with the riser block. I’ve had issues on two occasions with the Timberwolf welds. Going to get the Highland blade next time up.

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 02:08 AM

My most frustrating customer service aggravation also had to do with band saw blades. I bought 5 blades from SuperCut and they all broke at the weld within 6 hours of use, total (one only lasted 10 minutes).

Now, they do have a lifetime weld guarantee if you send the blade back to them for re-welding. I figured, since it was clearly simply a bad batch of welds, they’d be willing to foot the shipping cost to return them so I called them. They saw it differently .. after all, policy is policy.

I returned the blades on my dime. They re-welded them. All the blades failed again at about the same rate. I called them again and they again refused to pay for return shipping. I returned them for a second time and, when I got the package back, it had five blades that were not mine. The blades I got were all rusty, bent and dull. My blades were only a month old with about 2 hours of use each.

I’m not one to proactively bash a company but the question was asked and I thought I’d save someone else from the same aggravation.

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#8 posted 06-11-2015 03:41 AM

Yonak – That is pretty bad.

AHuxley – I did check the other Spectrum blade I was sent in the same shipment and it was fine. I am still taking your word for it. They are definitely a commercial supplier so it makes sense, also if the blade are that much cheaper then it is worth a dud every once in a while.

Two in a row was just a little unbelievable.

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#9 posted 06-11-2015 03:48 AM

I’d cuss them out and go elsewhere

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