Round-up: How Many Bandsaw Blades Do You Own?

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11-13-2010 11:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw bandsaw blades blades

I’m very new to the bandsaw. I have the Rikon 14” Deluxe model bandsaw. I own the factory blade that came with it (5/8”), which I just found out that it really really sucks. I also own a 1/4” and 3/16” blades. It seems like there are so many different blade choices out there.

So, how many blades do you have and what are the types?

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 11:50 PM

My choices for that size of saw would be the woodslicer 1/2 inch blade from Highliand woodworking as my daily blade – this blade leaves an exceptional finish and you will likely use the band saw as your first choice for ripping and smaller crosscuts, as well as resawing. Otherwise I would use just the 1/4 inch blade for curved cuts and probably use Viking blades.

Hope this helps.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 11:54 PM

I have four blades…a new 1/4 inch for a Grizzley 17” inch extreme series…a 3 TPI 1 inch blade for ripping and a couple of other in the 3/8 or 5/8 range….and I’ve found that adjustments can make a poor blade work better…just make certain you know how to adjust your blade thoroughly…and that you understand all the adjustments for the blade on your bandsaw…I had problems early on until I discovered I didn’t fully understand all the adjustments for the blade…and when I change blades, it takes some time to make everything correct…but the blades work better when I’m absolutely certain I’ve put everything in right order. And yes, there are great blades on the market…LJ’s is full of stories about this or that blade. Do a bit of a search and you find reviews…
And I learned how to sharpen my 3 TPI 1 inch blade…yeah, and it really was sharp…I didn’t think it was possible…but I found a way to do on the Internet…with a Dremel…and it spruced it right up.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 11:58 PM

Yes, what Don said. You won’t believe the difference when you get a good blade on it. Woodslicer from Highland WW.
- JJ

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#4 posted 11-14-2010 02:18 AM

1/2” TImberwolf (used to be Woodslicer and I’ll be going back to that for my next blade)
1/4” from Highlandwoodworking

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 03:05 AM

3/4” for resawing – 1/4” for almost everything else.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 03:17 AM

Timberwolfs 2 – 1/4” 6 TPI and 2 – 1/2” 3 TPI. I will be getting a couple of 1/8” 12 TPI the next time I order. A good brother (that has been woodworking for over 25yrs) turned me on to Timberwolf, and I’m really happy with them.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-14-2010 06:27 AM

LoL – about 30 blades – as I purchased a roll of bandsaw blade stock and went to work and wellded up these wood working blades on the band saw blade welder. Kind of handy having access to build these bllades.

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#8 posted 11-14-2010 07:41 AM

LoL just gave all my band saw blades away after installing a lift kit on my delta, now I have to start buying new blades.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#9 posted 11-14-2010 07:54 AM

Grizzly G0555X 14”, with riser kit.

1/2” Wood Slicer
1/2” Lenox bi-metal
1/4” Lenox bi-metal

Like Pete_Jud, I’m turfing my 93” blades (two TimberWolves) to my brother ;-)

-- -- Neil

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