|Forum topic by Tennessee||posted 01-06-2016 01:08 PM||1512 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-06-2016 01:08 PM
I make a LOT of bandsaw boxes, and other things that require substantial bandsaw time with narrow, small blades. I often find that my Porter Cable 14” gets more saw time than my big Grizzly 17”, since a lot of what I do is cut out drawers, making small cuts in a pickguard, and other small, tight corner cuts that only an 1/8” blade can do.
Up until yesterday, for me the Bosch blade sold at Lowes were a stopgap…a backstop for when I absolutely ran out of good, 1/8” by 93 1/2 blades. I would groan, get in the truck, pop on over to Lowes and buy one, then order more from Timberwolf.
I had to order blades yesterday, since I have a lot of bandsaw boxes coming up in the future. I started looking, and to be honest, I found it impossible to justify the cost difference between a high quality blade like Timberwolf, and the Bosch.
Here’s the breakdown:
Timberwolf: $19.59 PLUS shipping
Bosch: $9.99, FREE Shipping
As a matter of fact, Lowes online shipped it same day with Free shipping, and it is scheduled to arrive at my door today, although they give themselves three days total. I bought 5, with tax it came to $53 and change. That is about the cost of TWO Timberwolf blades, including the shipping they tack on.
I find that on this one size, 1/8” by 93 1/2” 14-15TPI, I just cannot justify the cost difference. I do not get twice the life out of a Timberwolf over a Bosch. Maybe 40% more. And the Bosch, with the 15TPI, seems to cut very smooth, if not smoother than the Olsen’s, Timberwolf’s, Lenox’s, and others I have had on that saw.
OK, flame on…
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com