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Forum topic by bryano posted 10-10-2007 05:07 AM 1387 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bryano

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10-10-2007 05:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blade

I know that the blade that comes on a new table saw is junk. Is it the same with bandsaws? The blade on my 14” Delta bandsaw just broke. Its not that old and I wasnt happy with performance. Any sugestions on a good but affordable replacement blade.

-- bryano


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#1 posted 10-10-2007 05:10 AM

Yes junk. Suffolk machinery

They make great blades and also some resawing blades.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 10-10-2007 05:13 AM

I guess it depends on what you call affordable. Band saw blades come in a variety of types ranging from a flexible back to a hard back carbon on up to bimetal (high-speed steel tooth edge) and even on to carbide-tipped teeth.

Grainger sells Morse blades at pretty reasonable prices.

A good blade will make a poor saw perform like it’s more expensive counterparts.

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#3 posted 10-10-2007 05:23 AM

You may also want to read up on different types and uses of bandsaw blades. I recommend The Bandsaw book by Lonnie Bird.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-10-2007 05:51 AM

Thanks everybody. Thanks Karson that site you provided is very informative.
WayneC I will check this book out the more I can learn the better off I will be, thanks.

-- bryano

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#5 posted 10-11-2007 04:38 AM

Hello Bryano,

You cannot go wrong with the Timber Wolf bladed (Suffolk machinery). You can buy them directly form them (www.suffolk.com) or from grizzly. They cost about 18-25$ depending on the size. A good general purpose blade is 1/4” 10tpi. For lots of tight curves (like on the bandsaw boxes I make) you need 3/32” blade 14tpi. For resawing you need 1/2” wide, 3tpi. If you want to buy a single blade, buy the 1/4”

The stock blade that came with my 14” Jet did not even cut. Do get a good bandsaw book to learn how to tune it. Everything has to be tuned well for a bandsaw to work but when it does it is an exceptional tool. Before you buy lots of blades you should think if you want to upgrade to a reiser block. I have 4 good blades that do not fit any more sine I did not plan properly. If you get into resawing, you do need 12” capacity.

I hope this helps,
Alin

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 02:58 PM

Hi Bryano,

Don’t own a bandsaw, but I had to get a new blade for my Steel City cabinet saw, too. I’m very pleased with the Forrest blade I bought. Maybe they also sell bandsaw blades. If so, they might be worth considering.

Have a great day,

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#7 posted 10-11-2007 04:23 PM

Using a TimberWolf resaw blade and as well as a TW “all-purpose” blade. Haven’t had any regrets. My saw has 13” resaw capacity and the TW blade can handle it. I here rave reviews about Woodslicer blades. No idea about the pricing.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#8 posted 10-11-2007 05:17 PM

I’ve used a TimberWolf as well with good results.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 10-11-2007 05:22 PM

I just purchased a JET 3/4”, 3 TPI bandsaw blade for resawing. I plan on using it for the first time this weekend. I’ll give you a review afterwards. Does anyone else have any experience with JET bandsaw blades?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#10 posted 10-13-2007 12:25 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice.

-- bryano

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#11 posted 10-13-2007 12:35 AM

I have been happy with the Woodslicer resaw blade from highlandwoodworking.com. Looks like it’s a tad more expensive than the Timberwolf. I’ll probably try one of those next based on the recommendations here. I have also used an Olson MVP as they are readily available locally and fairly inexpensive, but you do get what you pay for, and if you are resawing expensive figured lumber you get to the tipping point with the difference between a ho-hum blade and a great blade in a hurry. I would also second the idea of getting a good bandsaw book before firing up the saw. I have Lonnie Bird’s book, and have heard that Mike Dunbar’s book is very good as well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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