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Forum topic by TheWoodRaccoon posted 02-21-2016 06:55 PM 575 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheWoodRaccoon

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02-21-2016 06:55 PM

Does anybody know where to get 3/32, or even 1/16 inch bandsaw blades? Supposedly 1/16 inch blades arent made anymore, and that 3/32 is the smallest? I have a scroll saw, but i think it would be nice to have the ability to cut like a scroll saw on the bandsaw while making through cuts, if possible.

Can someone tell me where to get some if they even exist? I would need 93 1/2 inch long blades.

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 06:58 PM

Time to move to a scroll saw …

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 07:03 PM

the smallest i could find was a 1/8 inch for my wife’s band saw, it broke in a day even though it was tensioned properly. good luck

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teejk02

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 07:24 PM



Time to move to a scroll saw …

- MadMark


My thoughts exactly. Not much welding area on something that narrow plus the wheels have a crown to them and I would think tracking would be a big problem.

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 07:50 PM

Some thoughts:

It really depends on purpose? A thin blade may not handle tension for use which may be the reason you cannot find one? The word is liability????

The smaller the blade size the better the radius cut.

I recently brought out my scroll saw to do a small radius cut and found my blade doing a lot of drifting. I will probably use it for cutting from inside the piece but rely on my bandsaw which has more blade strength.

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 08:19 PM


I recently brought out my scroll saw to do a small radius cut and found my blade doing a lot of drifting. I will probably use it for cutting from inside the piece but rely on my bandsaw which has more blade strength.

- DocSavage45

A lot of scroll saw blades have burrs on one side of the blade which causes the drift. It’s just something caused by the manufacturing process so you have to learn to compensate for it if you plan on getting good with that machine.

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firefighterontheside

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 08:23 PM

I think Carter guides may be the answer and not a smaller blade. I just saw Alex do this at the woodworking show.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7gmzra_5_c

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teejk02

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 08:52 PM



Some thoughts:

It really depends on purpose? A thin blade may not handle tension for use which may be the reason you cannot find one? The word is liability????

The smaller the blade size the better the radius cut.

I recently brought out my scroll saw to do a small radius cut and found my blade doing a lot of drifting. I will probably use it for cutting from inside the piece but rely on my bandsaw which has more blade strength.

- DocSavage45

Dunno about all of you but I cringe at the thought of changing band saw blades. It takes a lot of time to get everything tracking and such. I get as close to the line as possible then move to a drill press mounted sanding drum to finish (stand alone oscillating sander would probably be better but I don’t have one). For those that are interested I think “Supergrit” is a good source for that…expanding drums vs. friction fit and the prices are very reasonable. On repetitive stuff I make a template then use that with a flush cutting bottom bearing bit in the router.

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JAAune

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 08:55 PM

Changing blades is super easy for me. I just flip the tension lever and swap blades. As long as I stick with the same size and brand of blades, there’s no need to change any of the settings. Tracking doesn’t change thanks to the lever on my Delta.

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teejk02

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#9 posted 02-21-2016 09:51 PM



Changing blades is super easy for me. I just flip the tension lever and swap blades. As long as I stick with the same size and brand of blades, there s no need to change any of the settings. Tracking doesn t change thanks to the lever on my Delta.

- JAAune

Why change blades for the same size blade? My Delta is older…release the tension with that top knob, remove the top blade guard if there is a 3/4” blade in there or one is going on) remove the blade, back off the guides (top and bottom), set new blade, tension/track it by hand with that top knob and that wing-nut thing that for me requires a pliers, replace the top guard and then reposition the guides. Guessing on a good day it takes 15 minutes or more.

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JAAune

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#10 posted 02-21-2016 10:00 PM

Blade changes only happen when they get dull in my shop and I mostly keep 3/8” or 1/2” blades installed. If I needed a 1/4” blade on a frequent basis you can be sure I’d buy another bandsaw in a hurry. Even though I could swap different sized blades out in less than 5 minutes that’s still too long for me.

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teejk02

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#11 posted 02-21-2016 10:31 PM



Blade changes only happen when they get dull in my shop and I mostly keep 3/8” or 1/2” blades installed. If I needed a 1/4” blade on a frequent basis you can be sure I d buy another bandsaw in a hurry. Even though I could swap different sized blades out in less than 5 minutes that s still too long for me.

- JAAune


Guess if I were in a production shop I would invest in different machines. As it is I have a Delta 28-216 and blade changes are a PITA. It does what I need it to do and I don’t use it full-time.

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#12 posted 02-22-2016 01:12 AM

Similar ? to Doc Savage, why do you think you need or trying to accomplish that requires a blade that small?

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#13 posted 02-22-2016 01:17 AM

A Carter Stabilizer will allow you to cut very tight radii with an 1/8” blade.

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