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Forum topic by Karda posted 04-25-2017 11:25 PM 679 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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04-25-2017 11:25 PM

I have a blade question, my band saw can cut up to 5 7/8th of an inch, I looked at timberwolf blade and the spec sheet said if I read it right up to 2.5 inch hard wood and 6 inch soft thats a 1/2 4TPI am I looking at the wrong blade. Also just remembered my saw is 2 speed should I be cutting on high or low


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 04:26 AM

Karda, it takes more HP to spin a blade with a lot of teeth. If you can get 3 tpi, it would be easier on your saw than the than the 4 tpi. If you live in a town large enough to have a sharpening service, contact them for your blade needs. Most I’ve ever dealt with can make up blades to order using better quality material than that mail order stuff most people talk about. Look into it…. They could be cheaper. Where are you located?? ............... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 04:53 AM

ok I’ll look for a 3 tooth, I live in elmira heights new york, is 3 awful coarse for a half inch blade.

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 12:33 PM

Think you are confusing radius a blade can cut versus depth.

http://ravenview.com/blog/2008/01/23/bandsaw-blade-radius-chart/

Your band saw should be able to cut 5’ to 5 1/4” diameter logs unless other saw components get in the way. 3 TPI Carbon flex bake blade whether have alternate, hook, or raker set will give biggest bang for the bucks. Only difference might be feed rate for hard/soft wood or dry versus wet wood. That comes with experience cutting different species.

If want to spend more money for a band saw blade check out Highland Hardware. If read reviews these are more popular with turners than Timberwolf.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx

-- Bill

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 12:38 PM

If going to cutting small logs on your band saw recommend making a sled versus trying to cut by hand. Check out Other Projects bandsaw sleds:

http://lumberjocks.com/Hoakie/blog/13635

There are many different sled designs online too!

-- Bill

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 01:50 PM

If want to spend more money for a band saw blade check out Highland Hardware. If read reviews these are more popular with turners than Timberwolf.
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http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx*_

- Wildwood

I checked out the Highland link, and “Wholey Cow”, their blades are 2 times the cost of what I pay here in Tucson for custom blades using good quality stock.

Karda, look in the Yellow Pages, or check out your phone for a location of a sharpening service to see if they make band saw blades. .

I just put in your town into my search engine, and boy, there ain’t much there. Looked like Syracuse would be your best bet for finding a sharpening service that might make blades. Otherwise, you’re stuck with mail order or internet order. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 04:31 PM

ok thanks for the information, Ill check out the sled

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 07:49 PM

Jerry no doubt Wood slicer blades expensive but they do get better reviews than Timber Wolf for longevity. Someone posted name and place he buys Wood Slicer direct from manufacturer for much less than what Highland Hardware sells them for but don’t have that information.

If don’t have someone local to make your blades of course have to shop on line & order. For band saws with less than 18” wheels carbon flex back blades give you the biggest bang for your bucks! Finding them at a reasonable cost to include shipping is not that hard.

Here is where bought my blades last time.

http://www.woodcraftbands.com/

Had a supplier of Lenox carbon flex blades out of New England before that which cost more and go couple bade blades from them.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 04-26-2017 09:51 PM

thanks for the link Wildwood those are some amazing prices, oe question what do the letters after the TPI the .5 inch is 3H thanks

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#9 posted 04-27-2017 12:46 AM

Regular, Skip, and Hook. ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Karda

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#10 posted 04-27-2017 01:28 AM

ok is hook ok for large green hard wood thanks Miker

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#11 posted 04-27-2017 03:20 AM



Jerry no doubt Wood slicer blades expensive but they do get better reviews than Timber Wolf for longevity. Someone posted name and place he buys Wood Slicer direct from manufacturer for much less than what Highland Hardware sells them for but don’t have that information.

If don’t have someone local to make your blades of course have to shop on line & order. For band saws with less than 18” wheels carbon flex back blades give you the biggest bang for your bucks! Finding them at a reasonable cost to include shipping is not that hard.

Here is where bought my blades last time.

http://www.woodcraftbands.com/

Had a supplier of Lenox carbon flex blades out of New England before that which cost more and go couple bade blades from them.

- Wildwood

I buy my blades from the guys linked above. Give them a call, they will answer any questions you have. Tell them what you plan to cut and they will get you set up.

3 TPI is not too coarse depending on what you are planning to do. A 1/2” 3 TPI is a good all around blade for me.

Which band saw do you have?

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#12 posted 04-27-2017 03:32 AM

thanks i am going to call them about a blade, I would use it for general purpose work but to cut and trim bowel blanks from 2X lumber as well as trees. this is the saw I have, just got it last week

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WEN-3962-Two-Speed-Band-Saw-with-Stand-and-Worklight-10-/182499119706?hash=item2a7dcb925a:g:IjIAAOSwol5Y0qL9

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#13 posted 04-27-2017 01:18 PM

I have had good luck with blades from Suffolk Machinery: http://suffolkmachinery.com/

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 04-27-2017 03:47 PM

A 3tpi would be a great choice for the uses you mention. I would ask them if they think a 10” wheel is too small for a 1/2” band.

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#15 posted 04-27-2017 04:46 PM

I don’t think a 1/2” can go on a 10” saw. Could be wrong but that’s the first I’ve heard. I’d be worried about tensioning.

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