What 2-3 bandsaw blades?

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03-24-2010 05:04 AM

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I just picked up a used Grizzly 0457. I’ve never owned a bandsaw before and am a little overwhelmed by the bandsaw blade choices out there. I’m looking forward to learning though. I would like to be able to do a little bit of resawing (experimental stuff) and I would also like to be able to cut some general curves for push sticks, cabinets and other items. I would expect I’ll be working with a bit of pine and a bit of red oak. Other than that- I’m going to have to learn what I need.

So the question is- what would you recommend that I pickup to get started? I’m thinking all should probably be 1/2” or less, although technically the saw will take a 3/4 (sounds like it might be a little much for 14” saws based on what I’ve read). I’m thinking 1 woodslicer for resawing and 1 or 2 general purpose blades (gentle curves, ripping small pieces, etc).

So if you were me- what 2-3 blads would you pick up?

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 05:12 AM

Take a look at this chart if you haven’t seen it yet – should give you an idea of what to get based on what you plan on cutting most and anticipated thicknesses of your material.

If you order three blades direct from Suffolk (makers of Timberwolf blades), you get a fourth for free.

Definitely get the Woodslicer. Nice saw btw.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 05:22 AM

+1 on calling Suffolk…

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 05:42 AM

I tried a woodslicer and did not like it. I found the timberwolf blades took less tension, made a cleaner cut, and lasted longer.

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 03:11 PM

I would advise you to get a 1/2 blade for resawing and I would advise you to not use for any curved work. Once you use it on curves, you may have trouble getting it to track straight for resawing.

For semi-tight curves, I like 3/16th. I find that the 1/8 blades do not hold up very long.

I also like Timberwolf.

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#5 posted 03-24-2010 03:24 PM

Forgot to mention that the folks at Suffolk will ask you a bunch of questions about your saw and what you cut, and will make some recommendations specifically for your situation, which makes a lot of sense to me….you don’t even have to ask for that help, it’s just SOP for them.

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 03:41 PM

Tip for curves – pick up a blade stone so that once the blade is on, you can round the back edges of the blade. It will give you a smoother cut, and a slightly tighter radius.

I’ve had great experiences with the folks at Suffolk. They’ll steer you in the right direction.

Congrats on the new saw!

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 05:10 PM

I use nothing but 1/8 blade but I do a lot of tight turns.

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#8 posted 03-24-2010 09:15 PM

I have a G0457 and I use a 3/4 for resawing and a 3/8 for general purpose work. The 3/8 came with the saw but I wouldn’t use it for tight curves. I plan to purchase a 3/16 and maybe a 1/8. The blades also came from Grizzly and this was also my first bandsaw. I can’t speak for the TW blades although I would like to try them based on all of the positive things I’ve heard on this site.


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