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Forum topic by Tom posted 05-20-2016 05:41 PM 727 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2016 05:41 PM

So I’ve decided to order the Grizzly 14” band saw (G0555ANV), it’s on sale plus I have $25 off on shipping. I wanted to get an extra blade since the saw comes with a 3/8” blade and I was wondering what other sizes I may want for projects. They have different brands including Grizzly and Timerberwolf (which people seem to like online) I may be getting some lumber when my in-laws cut down an English Walnut tree in the yard so I’d want to be able to make boards from the wood. There’s a LOT on teeth shape/size/TPI out there and I’d like to get some input.

Before I’m asked…here’s what I’ll most likely be doing w/ the saw:

Band saw boxes. They look neat, easy to make, and are good for gifts.
Cutting thin strips for inlays and “drunken” cutting boards
Cutting stuff that has curves in the cut. Not sure how exactly what projects but a handheld jigsaw sort of stinks for this.
Re-sawing….maybe but don’t have any logs. Might get some in the future and can always get a blade for this.

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 06:44 PM

You will want a 1/4” blade for the tight curves, maybe a 6 tpi hook tooth. A half inch blade for resaw is probably your best choice for this size saw maybe 3 or 4 tpi. Resaw blades don’t have much set so the tooth style isn’t even mentioned in most descriptions. I have the Wood Slicer resaw blade on mine which I like, but I have limited experience with other brands.

On the smaller blades, brand doesn’t seem to matter as much as long as you get a good weld. If you do a lot of cutting then the carbide teeth might be worth it, but most of us don’t use the bandsaw with one blade to make it worth spending the difference in cost.

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 08:57 PM

I bought my band saw primarily to re-saw. It is a GO555 with riser. I recently started making band saw boxes, also. I use a 1/2” 3TPI blade for re-sawing and a 3/16” blade for band saw box cutting. I have used woodslicer blades in the past for re-sawing and they work well, but have found a longer lasting and cheaper blades at “Supercuts”. I recommend them.

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#3 posted 05-20-2016 09:53 PM

Like Jim, for fine work, I try to go for a 3/16” blade for my fourteen inch with a riser (105”) and I don’t go more than four TPI. More teeth and material of any thickness will clog the teeth.

I’ve run 5/8” blades for re-saw with good results, but I now stay with 1/2” blades to insure I have enough room between the back of the blade and the saw case, with the gullet centered on the upper wheel.

One HUGE improvement you can make is, add a Carter Stabilizer to your collection of accessories. Any time I’m running 1/4” or 3/16” blades I run it and can cut circles much tighter than recommended. I can even do it in six inch and thicker wood. Look it up.

I have had good results with Timberwolf and Olsen blades. I just bought four Lenox 1/4”, 4 TPI blades. They run about twenty five each, versus fourteen for the Olsen blades. I’ll see how those do.

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 11:14 PM

I have to have mine made… Lennox .


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