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dmorgantx

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1589 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question

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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live4ever

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#1 posted 1589 days ago

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.

http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/silicon_steel_selection.asp

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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knotscott

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#2 posted 1589 days ago

+1 on calling Suffolk…

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 1589 days ago

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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richgreer

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#4 posted 1588 days ago

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.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 1588 days ago

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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Jon Spelbring

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#6 posted 1588 days ago

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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wiswood2

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#7 posted 1588 days ago

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

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michaelray

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#8 posted 1588 days ago

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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