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Ives

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12-11-2015 09:46 PM

My crummy Olson bandsaw blade just broke!!! I used it about 3 times for no more than 10 min. I got it on Amazon and can’t see how to contact them so just left a bad review. I wish I could get my money back or a replacement. Grrr! It was nine bucks, now I know I need to spend more to get a good one. I used to have a great supplier in the country I used to live in, they never broke, only wore out and got dull from use. So what should I get??


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#1 posted 12-11-2015 10:29 PM

Do you have a three wheel bandsaw?

Olsen are actually decent blades.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 10:38 PM

Yes, 3 wheel.

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 10:53 PM

And the answer is…........3 wheel saw.
What sized blade did you have on the saw?
Bill

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 11:03 PM

I’ve only had one or two of the fifty or so Olsens I’ve bought break. I’m with Pat, they are, generally, pretty good blades.

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 11:25 PM

Almost bought a 3 wheel Inca till I did reading on 3 wheels, flex the blade more then a 2 wheel=blade breakage!!!

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 11:49 PM

Everyone I know that had a three wheel saw had problems with blades.

You could give these a shot.

http://woodworker.com/316x56-18x014-8std-flex-bandsaw-blade-mssu-805-152.asp

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Ives

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#7 posted 12-12-2015 02:13 PM

I was cutting 3/4” poplar with a 56-1/8-Inch by 1/8 wide 14tpi blade.

I’ll try the one recommended at the woodworker site.

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 02:40 PM

Ives, cutting with that many teeth is likely the real problem. Get a blade with 4-6 tpi…..... It’ll cut much better.. Too many teeth won’t allow for chip removal, and takes more power to move through the cut…......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 02:53 PM

A general rule of thumb is having only 3-4 teeth in the thickness of the wood if possible, obviously in resawing that is not possible but when flat cutting is a good rule to follow.

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#10 posted 12-12-2015 04:52 PM

I like to have as smooth a cut as possible so I have less sanding to do. What’s the most tpi I can have?

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patcollins

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#11 posted 12-13-2015 12:00 AM

Cut smoothness seems to be more related to the quality of the saw and setup, atleast to me it does.

On a 14 inch saw I get some really smooth cuts with a 4 tpi blade.

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Ives

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#12 posted 01-10-2016 09:04 PM

What width should I have? The one that broke was 1/8 inch but I think that was too narrow. I’m thinking 1/4 inch but there’s an Olsen 4tpi in my length at a 3/8” width.

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#13 posted 01-10-2016 11:19 PM

I use “Supercut” blades and never had one break. I use 1/2” carbide blades for re-sawing.

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#14 posted 01-11-2016 12:15 AM



Olsen are actually decent blades.
- patcollins
I agree. In fact I think Delta and Rigid are decent blades too. Those are the only ones I have experience with so I’m sure others do quite fine also. Do they even sell a 3 wheel band saw here? If they did I doubt anybody could buy a blade for $9…has to flex both ways by design doesn’t it? Might want to see if http://woodworkerstoolworks.com/ is still going…I met the current owner a few years ago and I think they love “unique” applications.

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#15 posted 01-11-2016 02:49 AM


What width should I have? The one that broke was 1/8 inch but I think that was too narrow. I m thinking 1/4 inch but there s an Olsen 4tpi in my length at a 3/8” width.

- Ives

There are few things you should know:

-There are different blades for different applications
- Generally, fewer teeth per inch = faster but rougher cut
- Smaller blades let you cut tighter curves, bigger blades are better for straight cutting
-Forcing a blade to cut tighter curves than is appropriate for that size blade can cause breakage
- Having your guides set up improperly will cause excess friction, excess heat, and premature blade breakage
-Too much blade tension will cause premature blade breaksge
-trying to make the blade cut faster than it can will cause blade breakage

What do you want to cut? How thick is the material? Are you cutting straight lines, or curves?

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