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Elizabeth

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1373 days ago

Hi all,

I have a 14” Grizzly bandsaw and so far only have the stock “blade”. The length specs for this model are 92.5 to 93.5 inches.

I want to get into making bandsaw boxes, puzzles and things like that, so I’ll need to make clean cuts and have a modicum of rotational ability. I want to order some new bandsaw blades for this purpose. I may also do some resawing at times but that won’t be the primary use.

Can anyone suggest some good blades and widths for this usage? I have heard good things about Timber Wolf and Highland Woodslicers but haven’t seen anything in action and don’t know what widths to get anyway.

Thanks!


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PCTNWV

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#1 posted 1373 days ago

For most I use a 1/8” blade (sometimes a 3/16” for larger items). The blades I use are Carter AccuRight and do a great job. I have a Woodslicer (for re-sawing) and I have heard great things about TimberWolf (a buddy of mine uses them). What i have found makes the greatest difference is the Carter Stabilizer. I have made boxes w/ and w/o the stabilizer and after using it I would not do it again w/o one.

Good Luck and enjoy!

-- Troy, Virginia

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Elizabeth

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#2 posted 1373 days ago

Thanks Troy! I looked at the Carter site for stabilizers (http://www.carterproducts.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=14) and they specify one for the 16” Grizzly but not 14”. My saw has kind of a stabilizer (see http://cdn4.grizzly.com/pics/jpeg500/g/g0555_det2.jpg ) but it doesn’t look as good as the Carter one.

Do you know which Carter stabilizer I would need to use?

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PCTNWV

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#3 posted 1373 days ago

I have a similar set of guides on my Craftsman bandsaw. I cannot tell for sure which one would fit. I bought mine from: http://www.allbandsawblades.com/ (no affiliation just a satisfied customer)

I would suggest giving them a call as they are very helpful and I am sure they can point you in the right direction.

Thanks.

-- Troy, Virginia

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dendhep

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#4 posted 526 days ago

When going with 1/8” blade or 3/16” blade, what TPI do you go with?

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Surfside

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#5 posted 526 days ago

More TPI give a smoother but slower cut

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Wildwood

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#6 posted 526 days ago

Not sure if still true, at one time folk with G0555 were taking off bearing guide set-up and replacing with cool block set up from G0580 model Grizzly bandsaw to run ¼” and smaller blades. They bought parts from Grizzly.
Perhaps someone has more info, or e-mail grizzly for some advice. Specs for both BS say 1/4” blade is smallest can run.

JMHO, cool block better guides for using smaller blades than bearings.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 525 days ago

I just recently bought a Carter Stabilizer for my G0555X on Ebay, but I see that item is no longer available.The model STD 1 fits the Grizzly 14” bandsaws. If you are not in a hurry, you might check Ebay frequently to see if they show up again. I paid $50 for mine—they list at $80. Good luck!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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