What band saw blades should I buy?

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02-22-2016 07:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw bandsaw blade miter saw planer plane maple oak alder ash mahogany cocobolo cherry milling shaping scrollworking

Hi all,
I grabbed a Craftsman Bandsaw today off a buddy of mine, it’s an older model but it had been barely used, it had been sitting in his garage for years. (He’s a pack rat, even got the original manual with it!).
Anyway I’m wondering if someone could recommend what blades I should buy? It takes a
70 5/8” blade. I’ll be cutting hard and softwoods, mostly red oak, but I will be cutting some maple burls I’ve been drying for a couple of years. Basically I would like a recommendation on TPI and width. Thanks guys, I appreciate your time.

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 08:57 PM

A blade width of 1/2 to 5/8 blade, 3 to 4 tpi and hooked should work well. That’s what we use. There are several companies including Sears for Craftsman, Amazon will connect you many. Fine Woodworking magazine has a good article in their Feb 2016, no.252 about bandsaw blades.

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 09:10 PM

With a 70-5/8” blade, it’s got to be a 10in bandsaw, right? In that case, 1/2 is the widest blade you can use, but I’d opt for a 3/8” blade for general purpose work on that size saw. It takes a lot more tension for a 1/2 blade to work correctly and you are really pushing the capabilities of the saw at that point. A 3/8 blade will still cut whatever you need and allow you to do tighter curves, as well.

A 3/8 blade with 4tpi would be good for general work in 4/4 stock. If you are going to be working with thinner stock, then you would want a blade with more teeth—like in the 6 or 8 tpi range.

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 09:24 PM

Thanks so much gentleman. I really appreciate the knowledge! Saved me trial and error and money!!

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 10:21 PM

Read here and in the ”’Information”’ tab. for blade selection.

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#5 posted 02-23-2016 02:03 PM

Thank you very much, I really like this website but I am not yet adept at “surfing” I guess they call it! It’s a little tough for me to find stuff, that’s why I asked you guys! Well it was either ask you or get my 6 year old to figure it out for me…... Hahaha She can’t get her shoes on the correct feet but she can fly on an iPad.

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#6 posted 02-23-2016 02:07 PM

If you’re going to make things that require tight curves like bandsaw boxes I would also include a 1/4” blade.

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