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Forum topic by JIGGA12 posted 09-22-2017 01:25 AM 228 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JIGGA12

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09-22-2017 01:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blade info

I have a new Craftsman 10” BANDSAW that uses 70.5” blades and I need advice in what is the best choice in a blade for what I currently do. So far it’s only been template cutting in 1/2 – 3/4 plywood, minimal curves in a 2×4 laid flat and sometimes resaw on a 2×4. Blade that came with it is junk and need to replace. Setup is done according to Alex Snodgrass info but want to incorporate good blade. Any advice would be great.

CRAFTSMAN 10-in. BANDSAW:
Model #124.21400
1/3 HP Continuous Duty
Blade Speed: 2780 ft/min
3.5 Amp

Blade Length 70.5in
Blade Width 1/8 to 1/2in
Max. Cut Depth 4 5/8in

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pmayer

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#1 posted 09-22-2017 08:47 AM

Based on what you are doing, I’d suggest this blade: http://timberwolfblades.com/proddetail.php?prod=3803AS

I’ve had great luck with Timberwolf. My dad has a similar saw and does similar work, and this is the blade that I put on his saw and it works great for him. 3 TPI leaves a surface that needs a bit of sanding, but it makes for easier cutting compared to using higher tooth counts, which is nice when using a lower powered saw. If you wanted to favor a slightly smoother cut you could step up to a 4 TPI, which will introduce a bit more drag but still be pretty low resistance: http://timberwolfblades.com/proddetail.php?prod=3804PC.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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ScottM

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#2 posted 09-22-2017 12:43 PM

I have that same saw and have been buying PowerTec blades from Amazon. Good price and seem to hold up pretty good. I never realized that saw was spec’d to run up to 1/2” blade. Not saying that it can’t do it, but personally I can’t see that happening very efficiently.

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#3 posted 09-22-2017 06:24 PM



I have that same saw and have been buying PowerTec blades from Amazon. Good price and seem to hold up pretty good. I never realized that saw was spec d to run up to 1/2” blade. Not saying that it can t do it, but personally I can t see that happening very efficiently.

- ScottM

Ditto on the Powertec blades. I’ve had very good luck with them. The saw will run 1/2” blade but it’s pushing it. I have a 1/2” blade but find that 3/8” does a better job at resawing on that saw. The tensioning mechanism likes the smaller blade better.

For your uses, I’d look at a 1/4” or 3/8” blade with 3-4 tpi if you want to put one blade one and leave it. The Timberwolves are excellent blades as well, just a bit more costly. Probably outlast the Powertec ones but blades usually last so long for me that it’s really a non-issue.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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