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TheWoodRaccoon

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01-08-2016 07:43 PM

Last week, I got my NOS Delta 14” bandsaw, along with some extra Delta stock blades the seller threw in, one of which is a 1/2in 6tpi. The blade had a lot of dried and sticky grease on it from the packaging, and it took 10min to open! After cleaning it, I noticed a meat hook abortion of a tooth right where the blade is welded. Ground that off…

FINALLY I got the blade on, tracked it, adjusted the guides, etc.

I’ve heard and seen a lot of people say that stock blades are crap, and after getting it unpackaged and cleaned I was starting to agree, and didn’t expect much. But MAN, this thing cut clean! I would dare say that the rip I made in a 2×4 and the 30” rip I made in 3/4in Baltic birch are almost glue line quality! Saw marks were non existent in some spots, and whatever were there were probably only 1/64th deep. I also resawed a 3/16 thick sheet off a 2×4, very little shallow saw marks, no deviation, it was beautiful.
AND…..NO DRIFT!! AT ALL! The tension gauge on my saw seemed to be close to accurate too, as I got good tension right above the 1/2in mark.
I was NOT expecting the performance I got out of this blade, especially after all I had to do to make it usable. I haven’t used any other brand of 1/2in blade before, so I can’t compare, but I’d be surprised if anything other than a carbide tipped blade cuts better.

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 07:47 PM

Don’t know why all the pics are sideways, can someone fix it?

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