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Forum topic by giser3546 posted 07-24-2015 04:51 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2015 04:51 PM

I have a Laguna 14 12 and some smallish cherry and oak logs I want to mill with it. The whole thing has been on hold while I track down the right blade. I did some digging and was recommended a 3/4” 2 tpi Lenox Flexback. Trouble is the only place I can find it charges shipping that comes close to 50% of the cost of the blade. I know I should just buy more blades to make the shipping worth it but what was a $20 investment is now $60, and all for blades I’ve never tried before. I live very close to a Woodcraft but the only blades they carry in the 115” size are Laguan ProForce, which in my experience have an embarrassingly short lifespan (too dull to use after 1-2 resaws). When I’m lucky I can find a 115” 3/4” 3 tpi Timberwolf blade which fare better than laguna but I’m really interested in trying out a 2 tpi especially with this project.

I have looked at the Q-101 flexback carbon steel blade but it only seems available in 3 tpi.

Has anyone had experience with the Flexback that might indicate buying a few of them will be worth it? Are there better retailers I’m just not aware of? Is the 2 tpi Lenox significantly better than the 3 tpi timberwolf or Q-101? Any and all suggestions are more than welcome.

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 07:56 PM

well holy crap… I looked through their website but didn’t see anything with a tpi of less than 10 or so. Not sure what I did wrong but Ill check them out. thanks.

—on second review they seem to be out of stock.

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 12:40 AM

I used a 1 TPI to saw logs on my 17” Grizzly before I bought my sawmill. These were Timberwolf blades with a very deep gullet which clears sawdust from the kerf much more efficiently than other blades. Call Timberwolf, tell them what saw you have and what you want to cut, and ask what they recommend. They never steered me wrong.

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 02:56 AM

From what i can tell out of all the brands I can find lenox is the only 3/4” 2 tpi with that extra gullet i need.

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 03:22 PM

Have you looked at Highland Woodworking?

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 06:58 PM

I have heard good things about the 3/4” 3 – 4 variable tpi wood slicer, but I’m wondering if milling will be that much easier with the 2 tpi.

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#7 posted 07-26-2015 12:18 AM

The Lenox Flexback is as good a general carbon woodcutting blade (for small saws) as you will find.

The Woodslicer or any of the other names given by different retailers for the same blade stock is a poor choice for milling, little to no set and with very soft teeth (Rc 60) they are on the other end of the spectrum for a good milling blade.

The 2TPI at 3/4” is a really niche blade, not going to be a bunch of supply houses that bother buying a roll. The go to carbon milling blade is the Lenox Woodmaster C in 1.3 TPI but alas the Woodmaster C is only available is 1” and wider so too much blade for the saw.

You didn’t mention how green the logs were or what size they were which might give you more leeway. The key for any milling operation is having a wide enough set that you don’t have binding and a high enough chip clearance rate to allow for decent feedrates. What some people miss is you have to have make sure you have deep gullets even on a 14” relatively low powered saw like the 14/12 because the band speed is relatively low.

In the end with this saw and the work you want to do there aren’t really any optimized blades. Out of pretty much everything out there you have found the best blade for the job (3/4” 2TPI Flexback) and I would probably just buy it, if you need to combine blades for better per blade shipping consider the other blades you will need ad make it work. The alternative is going with one of the bigger selection of 3 TPI blades that will work on the saw the feedrate will be lower BUT I am not sure with “only” 1.75hp that it is actually going to be much lower, if at all, compared to the 2 TPI.

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#8 posted 07-26-2015 05:22 PM

Have you tried Iturra Designs in FL? He is a small operator who custom makes BS blades. He has no internet site but you call him at 904-642-2802 and tell him what you need. I bought a 142” Starrett 2-3 tpi from him some time ago and it was relatively inexpensive. High quality band with a perfect weld. It took several days to get it but well worth the wait. The company is an old style company and they don’t do things the modern way but they are honest and their products have value.

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