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Forum topic by Karda posted 08-16-2017 05:31 AM 993 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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08-16-2017 05:31 AM

hi, broke my band saw, what kind of tooth do i want, I want a half inch 3tpi, for general shop use as well as trimming and squaring blanks for wood turning. Pieces hard and thick some of them, the are so many kinds. Timber Wolf has one for green wood specifically bowl blanks but what about other wood shop work. I don’t do any fine wood working any thoughts


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Bill White

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 02:00 PM

1/2” 3 tpi is a good general purpose blade. Biggest blade that I use on my Grizz G0555LX. Then 3/8” 6 tpi, and 1/4” 8 tpi. Those 3 will do most of what I need.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Karda

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 05:47 PM

ok ,thanks, what tooth style positive claw or alternate set

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RobS888

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 07:58 PM

I got a carbide tipped blade for my wife, (I don’t get any benefit from it,

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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Wildwood

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 08:04 PM

Carbon steel flex back 3TPI hook set blade pretty common for woodturners.
If want less expensive blades check these folks out.

http://www.woodcraftbands.com/Pricing%20page.htm

Lot of woodworkers prefer these blades over Timber Wolf for longevity.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/123tpibandsawblades.aspx

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodturners-bandsawblade.aspx

If hung up on Timber Wolf they recomment raker set blades for cutting green wood.

JMHO, carbide tip blades on a 14” bandsaw not worth the money, if have a larger saw they are great.

-- Bill

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WhyMe

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#5 posted 08-16-2017 08:11 PM



JMHO, carbide tip blades on a 14” bandsaw not worth the money, if have a larger saw they are great.

- Wildwood

What is the size reasoning behind your opinion?

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papadan

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#6 posted 08-16-2017 11:09 PM



I got a carbide tipped blade for my wife, (I don t get any benefit from it,

- RobS888


Not sure if that was a good trade or not, how was her cooking? ;-)

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jmos

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#7 posted 08-17-2017 12:18 AM

Jeez, I had to pay to get rid of my first Wife…

-- John

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Karda

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#8 posted 08-17-2017 04:41 AM

thanks for your input, I had another thought, the stock blade is still good, I replaced it because its not up to ripping green hard wood, its a fine tooth, so I was thinking a 2 tooth blade for cutting up my turning blanks and the stock blade for my other. just a thought

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#9 posted 08-17-2017 11:36 AM


I got a carbide tipped blade for my wife, (I don t get any benefit from it,

- RobS888

Not sure if that was a good trade or not, how was her cooking? ;-)

- papadan

There was more to the comment…must have been a PEBCAK error.
I had put a grinning emoji there where it cut off the text, oh well.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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RobS888

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#10 posted 08-17-2017 11:45 AM



Carbon steel flex back 3TPI hook set blade pretty common for woodturners.
If want less expensive blades check these folks out.

http://www.woodcraftbands.com/Pricing%20page.htm

Lot of woodworkers prefer these blades over Timber Wolf for longevity.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/123tpibandsawblades.aspx

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodturners-bandsawblade.aspx

If hung up on Timber Wolf they recomment raker set blades for cutting green wood.

JMHO, carbide tip blades on a 14” bandsaw not worth the money, if have a larger saw they are great.

- Wildwood


I’m curious why it is a waste of money to put a carbide blade on a 14 inch saw? It works well, doesn’t seem to drift and for my wife’s turnings she gets almost a perfectly circular cut for blanks. My wife went through a couple blades a year, so if it lasts 2 years it is worth it in my opinion. The cuts look like they were jointed they are so smooth. We do have the riser, so we can use the full capacity of the saw.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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Nubsnstubs

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#11 posted 08-17-2017 03:16 PM



thanks for your input, I had another thought, the stock blade is still good, I replaced it because its not up to ripping green hard wood, its a fine tooth, so I was thinking a 2 tooth blade for cutting up my turning blanks and the stock blade for my other. just a thought

- Karda


There aren’t too many woodworking tools that scare me, but after using a 2 tpi bandsaw blade once, I’ll never use one again. Of course, if I was cutting flat stuff, then there isn’t a problem, but cutting uneven stuff is downright spooky. ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

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

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Wildwood

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#12 posted 08-17-2017 03:54 PM

Wisdom once was carbide BS blades to stiff to run on 14” saw due to (0.35) thickness of blades. Well that has change with just carbide tip blades like Lenox 0.025 thick blades. Only down side to new 0.025 thick carbide tip blades are their price. If do a lot of re-sawing and have the money buy one and don’t look back. On the other hand flex back blades with any alternite, hook, or raker set will serve you well for the price.

For re-sawing logs for turning blanks helps to have a BS sled. I found free hand or circle jig for getting blanks round a breeze. Never went smaller than 3 TPI blades though.

-- Bill

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RobS888

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#13 posted 08-17-2017 04:51 PM



Wisdom once was carbide BS blades to stiff to run on 14” saw due to (0.35) thickness of blades. Well that has change with just carbide tip blades like Lenox 0.025 thick blades. Only down side to new 0.025 thick carbide tip blades are their price. If do a lot of re-sawing and have the money buy one and don’t look back. On the other hand flex back blades with any alternite, hook, or raker set will serve you well for the price.

For re-sawing logs for turning blanks helps to have a BS sled. I found free hand or circle jig for getting blanks round a breeze. Never went smaller than 3 TPI blades though.

- Wildwood


I’ve only used a carbide tipped blade, didn’t know there was any other kind. I can only say it is worth it to us. If it lasts 2 years it pays for itself. I have carbide on my TS, Jointer, and Planer, so it seems natural. Based on cost the BS blade is second cheapest. Good TS blades blades approach $100 and go way up, the BS blade was $149, Carbide head for 12 inch planer/jointer is very expensive. There are pretty cheap BS blades, but carbide is much better IMHO.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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MrRon

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#14 posted 08-17-2017 06:07 PM

A blade used to cut green wood, requires a lot of gullet to effectively clear damp sawdust A carbide tipped blade would be great, but any good 1/2”, 3TPI blade will do the job. I personally use Starrett, “Woodpecker” blades; their weld is invisible. Lenox also makes a good blade. I have not tried a Timber wolf, but I hear many are happy with them.

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Karda

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#15 posted 08-17-2017 06:43 PM

thanks for the suggestion, I guess I,ll stick with the 3 tooth, I had a timberwolf blade for my other saw. It worked great great till it broke. I cut a piece of dowell and it got in the saw and broke the blade

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