How to select a blade for a band saw?

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02-15-2010 01:06 AM

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Today I had a very good deal ( or two).
I bought used but brand new , never used a HF 16 speed floor drill pres for $100.0 and a HF 14” band saw used but never used for another $100.00.
Already I am going to order the riser kit for the band saw.
Question how to select a blade for the band saw?
What is the brand you recommend, good but not the best ( read most expensive)
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 01:22 AM

i use a timber wolf, great blades for a good price.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 01:55 AM

Bert, you can’t go wrong with either Timberwolf or Woodslicer blades. Generally the blade that come with the saw and the riser block (you will need a longer blade when it is installed) are poor quality at best. You will be doing yourself a favor by installing a new one.

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 04:33 AM

How wide?
How many teeth by inch?
Do I need to replace the wooden guides?
Thank you

-- Bert

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 04:52 AM

It really depends on the task at hand…the fine folks over at Timber Wolf will walk you through it all. First time buyer receive a free blade with three purchase a great value. This allow you to get a variety of different blades. Good luck and nice fine on machinery…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 05:04 AM

Blade width and TPI will depend on what type of cutting you plan on doing. If you plan on doing a lot of tight radius cuts then you are going to want a narrow blade. For Resawing, the thicker the better… I believe the 14” HF Bandsaw can take up to 3/4” wide. For typical resaw setup you are going to want a lower TPI… I personally use a 3 TPI 1/2” blade on my bandsaw which is a Ridgid 14”, and from what I have seem these saws seem to be pretty close to the same thing.

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 02:29 PM

I agree with blackcherry. The customer service at Timberwolf is fantastic. Just tell them what saw you have and what projects you have coming up and they will put a nice package together for you. If this is your first bandsaw and you will be experimenting with it over the next few months, I would take advantage of their buy 3 get one free deal. Get an 1/8” for “scrolll” work, as thick a blade as you can for resawing, and then two different general purpose blades. Suffolk Machinery (the parent company) is at 800-234-7297. I know this because I am waiting for them to open so I can ordera 3/16” x 4PC for cutting up a 7” bandsaw box.

When you order you blades, make sure you order their free catalog. I PROMISE it will be the single most useful book to learn about bandsaws…BY FAR. It is loaded with great information.

Have fun with your new toy!

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 03:55 PM

Will do.
Thank you guys.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 08:44 AM

Follow-up question – where do I find Timberwolf? A google search got me a firewood equipment company, and somebody over in the UK.


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#10 posted 02-16-2010 02:53 PM

Ask for Tom if you call to order, he is great. He can tell you ANYTHING about blades and bandsaws. I’ll bet you a buck, it will be the best service from any company you have dealt with this year.

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#11 posted 02-16-2010 05:17 PM

Hey, b2rtch!
I’m just wondering…you were all over a LJ member who asked for opinions about restoring an ancient Delta Homecraft jointer. You thought it unworthy to restore it, saying no matter how much money you put into it, it’s still an old tool…...but Harbor Freight stuff is okay for your shop, because it is new? Just wondering…

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 05:37 PM

You are right.
I have been buying HF for many years, may be 25 years, and so far I have always been satisfied.
I know what I buy and why I buy it ( I am a mechanic by trade).
In general I refuse to buy brand names and to pay for.

Recently I have also bought several Rigid tools as I believe that the value of these tools is excellent.
I use to restore old furniture (several hundred years old as we find them in Europe) as business .
To restore something which is unique or rare ( and was made by hand)and to rebuild something which was produced by the thousand or by the millions ( and by machine) are quite different things.
I see people spending thousand of dollars to rebuild cars which were produced by the thousand or by the millions and they call them antics, I call them expensive pill of rust.
Now if you restore a Bugatti, or Duensenberg, cars which always were exceptional , that is an entirely different story.I would love to acquire an old hand made plane or may an axe or a piece of furniture and to lovingly rebuilt it.
Thank you.
By the way I go by : Bert

-- Bert

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 07:05 PM

You two are hilarious! You both make great points…but still hilarious.

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#14 posted 02-16-2010 11:44 PM

Good comments above regarding the need to match your blades selection to your needs. Since you are talking riser block, I have to assume you’ll be doing some re-saw work. For that purpose, in my opinion you just can’t beat the Woodslicer blade sold by Highlands Hardware. A bit pricey – but I think well worth the extra few bucks.

-- Dave O.

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#15 posted 02-17-2010 12:26 AM

Thank you Dave.

-- Bert

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