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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 02-11-2016 04:03 AM 490 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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02-11-2016 04:03 AM

By all means, the HWW 3/8 4TPI skip tooth blade has blown my mind. It has been an amazing general purpose blade, doing things from resawing 4-6” hardwood, slicing a 12” diameter log into two halves for bowl blanks, cutting small stuff, cutting partially supported work (freehanding 3d curves on ladles) with minimal grabbing (assuming fulcrum and other factors are considered) etc. Basically, I have a bunch of blades for my bandsaw, and no doubt some will do some tasks better than this, but as a general purpose blade, this one rocks.

But it is finally dull.

I plan to get 1 extra of these, that way I’m not without one while the other is being sharpened.

I seem to recall people talking about an alternative place to purchase the same blades for a lower price But, maybe I’m thinking woodslicer specifically. I’m uncertain what this brand is. Where would you buy an equivalent blade?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com


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oldiebutnewbie

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 03:24 PM

sharpen your blade. Go online and type, sharpen band saw blade. It is easy to do. You will get 5- 7 more use of that blade and it will be sharper than new. I thought it was BS , but it is true.

-- 1tatonkajim

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Keith Kelly

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 02:13 PM

I contacted a couple sharpening services online, and they only take larger blades (1” width or greater) So, I’ll probably take it to a place in a nearby town.

While I do appreciate LMGTFY style of responses, I’m primarily finding DIY articles or places that only sharpen big blades. If you have a particular place in mind you send blades to, I’d appreciate it. If not, no big deal, maybe people generally sharpen their own.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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Jim Finn

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 12:37 AM

I get 1/2” re-saw, band saw, blades from “Supercut” blades. I use their carbide impregnated blade and I pay $25 for a 105” blade. These blades outlast woodslicer blades by a factor of at least five. I have also re sharpened these blades with good success.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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Keith Kelly

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#4 posted 02-13-2016 05:55 AM

Thanks Jim

I am striking out. The place in Springfield I planned on taking my blades to doesn’t sharpen bandsaw blades. They are unaware of a place in Springfield that does.

Does everyone sharpen them DIY style?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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oldiebutnewbie

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 04:21 PM

ok, go to youtube and look for bandsaw blades.

-- 1tatonkajim

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 04:40 PM

I think the one to which you refer is the Bladerunner from Louis Iturra. He uses the same blade stock s the Woodslicer, but can’t call it that because HWW copyrighted that name. But Louis has a more broad selection of that blade, widths and teeth profile (I think, it was listed that way in the 2010 catalog. Call him at (904) 642-2802 (last I checked). Iturra is kind of old school, no website. The name of his business is Iturra Design in Jacksonville FL.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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