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FrankLad

270 posts in 1944 days


1793 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw blade 705 craftsman 351 10 10-inch rip ripping hardwood thin stock

Hey guys!

Well, with more and more requests for wooden rings made from customer-supplied wood, I decided to purchase a bandsaw. Up until now, I’ve been getting by with splitting thin stock in some species (hickory, oaks… really easy) or carefully cutting by hand with a pullsaw and sanding down to the appropriate thickness for bending.

I went with a Craftsman 10” Bandsaw from Sears, primarily because my uncle owns the exact model and I was able to test it on actual material. Secondly, it was under $200. I didn’t see the need for anything bigger given the nature of the work I do.

Over the past weekend I ripped Pine, Osage Orange, Leadwood, Blue Mahoe, Bethlehem Olive Wood, and finally… Black Palm. The rough strips are cut at something close to 1.5MM (the blade is sitting pretty close to the rip fence) and sanded down with a belt sander, both to achieve appropriate thickness (less than 1mm), and to remove the bandsaw marks. It whined through the harder woods (pretty much all of them except the pine), where I had to really take it slow.

What I’m after are recommendations on 70.5” bandsaw blades. Are there any more suited toward harder woods? Also, it’ll take up to a 1/2” blade, which I’m thinking will be better given the nature of straight rip cuts I’m doing.

Here’s one I’m looking at now:
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer12resawbandsawblades705to137.aspx

What are your thoughts?

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com


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patron

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#1 posted 1793 days ago

that or the timberwolf .

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reggiek

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#2 posted 1793 days ago

Either the one you mention or what Patron suggested. You will need to consider 2 things on a blade after you figure the size/width. One is the amount of teeth per inch…the other is the style of the teeth or blade…i.e. hook…random…raker…etc. For the type of work you mention…I would think of about 3-4 TPI (thats what works best for resawing as far as I know – a lesser amount is better for a rough cut…and more teeth tend to jam or really are better for plastics and metal).....I would lean towards the hook type as that cuts a cleaner slice in harder woods….

Anyway thats about my .02cents…

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sry

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#3 posted 1793 days ago

Frank,
I own that exact same saw and have several different blades from timberwolf. I can’t really compare to anything else, but they cut circles around the stock blade.
My favorite thus far is the 1/2” blade 1208RK.
I’m not going to claim to be a bandsaw expert, but the whine could be from guide bearings that aren’t properly adjusted.

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FrankLad

270 posts in 1944 days


#4 posted 1793 days ago

Thanks for the info, guys!

Patron: I didn’t see a Timberwolf in 70.5”, but that does look like a good blade.

Reggiek: Seems 3-4 tpi is the best for this indeed, based on what I’ve been reading. I hadn’t paid close attention to the tooth style – thanks for that!

sry: I did a quick search for “timberwolf 1208RK” and couldn’t get any results. Where did you get it from? I’m assuming it’s a 70.5”. ...I couldn’t find any earlier. Oh, and since you have the same model as me… have you ever used the phenolic / cool blocks?

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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sry

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#5 posted 1793 days ago

Call the suffolk (timberwolf manufacturer) people directly and they custom size all their blades. They’ll help you pick out proper blades as well based on what you’ll be cutting. Probably cheaper than buying from someone else as well. As a novice, I found talking with them directly to be very helpful.

Sorry, I didn’t realize they don’t list model numbers on their site. The blade I’m referring to is the 1/2”x8RK blade here. It does a great job on thinner cuts. I also have one with less tpi (4) for thicker cuts.

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reggiek

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#6 posted 1793 days ago

I recommend you use the solid bearing guides if you can….the plastic gets hot and can melt on to the blade or burn into your work….Carter Producs has a nice selection of replacement guides….I don’t know about your model…..If you can’t find the solids….look for the ceramics (sometimes called Europeans)...as they do not have the melting problem of plastics….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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FrankLad

270 posts in 1944 days


#7 posted 1793 days ago

sry: Thanks a bunch! I’ll be getting in touch with them on Monday.

reggiek: I appreciate that info! I’ve been reading a bunch on how they are supposed to be better (quieter, at least) but it’s good to know about the melting issue!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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