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Forum topic by RichardDePetris posted 01-03-2016 10:05 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RichardDePetris

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01-03-2016 10:05 PM

I have a Craftsman Professional Band Saw (Model 224101) and I love it. It is practically the same as the Rikon 10-320.

I just ordered a 1 inch wide blade with 10 TPI from Grizzly for the best cut quality when ripping aluminum and brass stock. The blade is 1 inch which exceeds the recommended 3/4” maximum blade width.

I read somewhere that a wider than normal blade can wreck your band saw frame, but I don’t see a problem if the guides are set back far enough.

Am I playing with fire? Will my fingers get burned? Thanks.


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#1 posted 01-03-2016 10:09 PM

The blade is 1 inch which exceeds the recommended 3/4” maximum blade width.
I don’t see a problem if the guides are set back far enough.
- RichardDePetris

If the manufacturer says 3/4” is the max, why would you get a 1” blade?
There is more to blade size than just setting the guides.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: On a cast iron 14” saw, the max blade size is 3/4” as per the specs, but in reality, 1/2” is about all you can do… maybe 5/8” but that is pushing it – and it has nothing to do with the guides.

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 10:20 PM

The guides may not be designed to go back far enough.
If the blade gets thrown (less likely with wider blades)
there may be insufficient room inside the covers for the
blade to throw and it will chew its teeth off grinding
against the wheel covers.

Also, I do think you’ll need to run that saw slower
than normal to get any kind of decent life out
of that blade.

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 10:32 PM

Just to follow up on the Don’t Do It advice by Brad, there are a couple reasons why it’s a bad idea to use a too-wide blade:

  • the frame of the saw can’t handle the tension required for a 1” blade
  • the wheels aren’t wide enough to keep the blade from falling off
  • the guides may not have enough clearance for such a wide blade

Even if all that weren’t the case, it’s very likely that you wouldn’t be able to cut a straight line due to how bandsaw tires are crowned. A properly set up bandsaw has the gullets of the blade just behind the center of the tire, at the highest peak of the crown. This keeps the bulk of the blade supported by the wheel. If you put on a 1” blade, the gullets of the blade are now at the very front, unsupported by the crown. This will make the blade tend to wander.

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 10:43 PM

That’s 33% wider than the max recommended width. I’d contact the company you ordered from and change the order.

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 12:30 AM

The saw doesn’t have enough tension strength to handle a 1 inch blade plus the wheel diameter is too small for the blade stiffness.

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 02:25 PM

Thanks everyone. Yeah, no biggie. I purchased the blade because it was on clearance for $6.99. I’ve never opened its I’ll give it away to a good freind.

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