What's The Best General Purpose Bandsaw Blade?

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Forum topic by Mean_Dean posted 12-19-2009 08:59 AM 13904 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2009 08:59 AM

I am in need of a new bandsaw blade, and I’d like to know specifically, how many TPI and what size is the best as a general purpose blade.

All help is much appreciated!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 09:26 AM

That may be something you need to figure out for your own situation. Most of the bandsaw blade sellers have information on their web site. You might read the info and then decide. Here is the web site for Wolf brand blades which seems to be one of the best ones out there.

If I had to give a generalization I would say a 1/4” with 4 to 6 tpi.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 02:56 PM

Ditto what Les said. The folks at Suffolk set me up nicely at a reasonable price. As about their “443” deal. Four blades for the price of 3.

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 11:03 PM

ΒΌ” x 6TPI hook tooth style would be my suggestion.

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 11:42 PM

Thanks guys!

So now, what would you recommend for re-sawing?

Thanks again!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 01:17 AM

The best you can get for resawing is the woodslicer. At least it’s the best I have ever used.

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 01:19 AM

I would recommend the TImberwolf brand for the general sawing. Ive never had a bandsaw work as nice as the one I have now after putting on a timber wolf

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 05:07 AM

General purpose is a pretty big scope in woodworking. I am using 3/4” 3TPI right now. Normally I use a 1/2” 3TPI as my general purpose. But I don’t cut a lot of curves. If you want to do a lot of curves, have those bands dedicated to curves. Keep your straight and re-saw bands separate.
You didn’t say how big your machine is so I will assume that it is a standard 14”. For re-sawing use no smaller than a 1/2” 3TPI. Tuff Tooth make a 5/8” 3TPI that is very good as well.
If you get into a lot of hardwood, you might want to look at the bi metal bands. They are thicker, but are very tough.
You band supplier can usually tell which band is best for your application.

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