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becikeja

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06-18-2017 01:52 AM

Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to use my bandsaw blades way too long. Today I was re-sawing some maple and I finally broke down and pulled out a new wood slicer blade that I bought about 6 months ago. I am always surprised how well a new blade cuts. I need to change these out more often.

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#1 posted 06-18-2017 02:33 AM


Maybe it s just me, but I seem to use my bandsaw blades way too long. Today I was re-sawing some maple and I finally broke down and pulled out a new wood slicer blade that I bought about 6 months ago. I am always surprised how well a new blade cuts. I need to change these out more often.

- becikeja

Me too. I was chasing the drift and getting angry with my old blade. The blade was flexing in the kerf too, making it impossible to get even 5/16” pieces out of a 7/8” board. Threw on a new Wood Slicer I had bought a while back and wow. Cuts clean and straight.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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TheWoodenOyster

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#2 posted 06-18-2017 02:34 AM

Ha. Amen. I’ve never bought new blades. It’s terrible. I just melt through the wood. I also have this terrible habit…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 06-18-2017 05:59 AM

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#4 posted 06-18-2017 09:16 AM

Thx Carloz

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#5 posted 06-18-2017 11:31 AM

I generally use them until they break, (dull? what do you mean dull? It still works)

A bad habit, lazy, or just cheap, I’m not sure. Maybe some of each.

You are correct, a sharp blade works much better. (although sometimes in thin stock, a dull blade is easier to control on curves and gives a nicer finish. Not too dull or you just burn your way through)

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#6 posted 06-18-2017 02:31 PM

Nothing better than a good sharp blade. Problem I have is I save the old worn blades in anticipation of one day trying to sharpen them. Been saving blades for over 25 years, and still have made no attempt to sharpen them. One day, I will come up with a use for the old dull blades. (If I could use a ” big grin” emoticon here, I would.)

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#7 posted 06-18-2017 07:11 PM

I have had the same experience. The blade is one of those things that degrades so slowly that it is hard to notice. Finally breaking down and replacing a blade feels a lot like what happens when I get a new eyeglass prescription or new brakes on the car.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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