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Forum topic by Kerry Drake posted 03-26-2010 05:38 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kerry Drake

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03-26-2010 05:38 PM

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Got the papers back from my tax guy yesterday and I am definitely getting a new bandsaw for my birthday. I’ve pretty much settled on the craftsman 14”, so now the questions is what blade(s) should I get for it. It takes a 1/8” up to a 3/4” (99 3/4” long). I’ll probably want to get a good 1/2” blade for the little bit of re-sawing I’ll end up doing (maybe the woodslicer bandsaw resaw blade from highland woodworking). But I think I’ll need like a 1/4” blade for everything else.

Anybody got any recommendations?

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 05:45 PM


The Timberwolf blades are hard to beat. Great value and pretty good selection at Woodcraft.

Enjoy your new toy. You will soon wonder how you ever got along without a bandsaw in your shop.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 05:46 PM

Congrats on your new toy.

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 06:43 PM

I really like the 1/2” Wood Slicer blade these are amazing. Ive resawed hard maple 10/4×10” and 8/4 cherry x 8” very easily. Also cuts like butter on everything else.

I use it for everything except tight curves.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 07:00 PM

Congratulations on the new saw. Since this saw is made for Sears by Rikon, you get the added benefit of 2nd generation blade guides by carter. My favorite thus far has been the 1/2” wood slicer from highland woodworking, too.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 10:12 PM

Don’t forget the number of teeth per inch on these blades. Consider the thickness of what you will be sawing.

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