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Forum topic by Brat700 posted 05-31-2010 04:24 AM 1192 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2010 04:24 AM

I use my band saw for normal cutting. sometime I cut straight cuts and nothing real tight. My questions is what type of blade should I buy to replace the one I have.

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 05:35 AM

I think having just one blade severely limits your possibilities.

Have one blade that is the maximum width your saw can support and it should have the fewest teeth per inch you can get in that width. Use this blade for resawing stock.

A blade that is about 3/8” wide with about 4 teeth per inch (TPI) is OK for general work.

A blade that is about 3/16 to 1/8” is good for tighter radii turns. These blades usually have more teeth per inch and therefore make a finer- but slower- cuts.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 11:37 PM

A good quality (Timberwolf or equivalent) 3/8” 3 or 4 TPI will do most of what you will need. As Lew said, you might need something smaller for tighter curves, but I actually do most everything with a 1/2” blade and just use relief cuts as needed. I use 1/2” because I do a fair amount of resawing, and when I use it for something else I am just too lazy to change a blade for a quick cut. But I am not cutting Christmas ornaments with it; just a few gentle curves and tapers typically. I have only pulled out my 1/8” blade a couple times in the last decade.

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 12:44 AM

I’m having a problem making straight cuts on my band saw. I can not get the blade to follow a straight line. I try to make band saw boxs and nothing works, it looks like I used a chain saw to cut the inside out. I havev a large gap between the two parts. Can anyone help me?

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#4 posted 10-18-2014 02:39 AM

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#5 posted 10-20-2014 01:33 AM

If you have a local shop that does sharpening of blades, they can order bandsaw blades for you at much better prices than you can yourself. I buy blades for my mm 16 for about 15 each.

-- Jim from Kansas

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