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BCinPhx

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05-21-2010 08:40 PM

Hi All,
Bill here and I could use some help in finding things on this vast website. I have tried the search function and I probably didn’t enter my querry right..Just bought a Rikon 10-325 and am looking for advice on which blades work best for what applications and where to buy good quality blades in 111 inch. Just something to point me in the right direction.
Thanks in advance….anybody here close to Sierra Vista, AZ?

-- CPT Bill - No matter how many times I cut it...it still comes up short !


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live4ever

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 09:43 PM

Resawing: Can’t go wrong with a Woodslicer from Highland Woodworking ($30 + shipping). www.highlandwoodworking.com
It is sharp and whisper quiet (compared to other blades) due to the 3-4 variable tpi. If you plan on doing any resawing at all, you cannot go wrong with this blade. You can read some reviews of it in the Reviews section as well.
If you plan on doing a LOT of resawing, you might consider a wider, more expensive carbide-tipped blade such as the 3/4” Laguna Resaw King (about $1.70 per foot). However, many 14” bandsaws have trouble adequately tensioning blades wider than 1/2”.

For other blades, Timberwolf is a good brand. They are sold at many places, but I recommend buying direct from the folks at Suffolk Machinery (makers of the blade). They are very knowledgeable and will help you choose blades based on your intended uses. They also have a very handy chart on their website that can help you choose blades based on the materials and thicknesses you plan to cut. The blades will run you about $20 a pop, which isn’t too bad.
http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/silicon_steel_selection.asp

Hope this helps…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 05-21-2010 09:55 PM

+1 for woodslicer 1/2” and I also have the same Rikon BS.

P.S. I wouldn’t recommend going any wider in blade selection on 14” BS (maybe 5/8” to put it) as the problem is not so much the BS but the blade itself that has a hard time bending around the smaller diameter wheels.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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BCinPhx

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 08:45 PM

Thanks guys! I am gonna get various blades and pick up the saw this weekend…that’s when the saw is on sale an additional $100.00 off at Woodcraft. Mine is paid for and waiting for me. 3/4 inch is not as pliable huh?
Thanks,

-- CPT Bill - No matter how many times I cut it...it still comes up short !

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interpim

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 12:12 AM

I like the Timberwolf blades… I use 1/2” as my general purpose resaw and turning blank cutting blade.

-- San Diego, CA

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