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02-17-2011 10:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany

I recently received my Grizzly 14 G0555 and have made quite a few cuts on it. I am now trying to cut out a bandsaw box using Santos Mahogany 4” thick. I find it very slow going and the wood appears to be burning. My question is, should I change the speed of the bandsaw from 3200 FPM to 1500 FPM because of the hardwood? I am using a 1/4 blade with 6 TPI currently. Should I change to a different blade? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 11:18 PM

You really need a new blade. I’ve usually found that burning comes from a dull blade.

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 11:28 PM


No, low speed is for metal cutting. Mahagony is really hard so don’t push it; let the blade do the work. Don’t force turns. Relax and let it flow. By a lot of cuts, what do you mean? Your blade could be dull; they don’t last as long as we’d like. If you’re new to bandsaws. I highly recommend you look up “Five tips for Better Bandsawing” by Michael Fortune at They require a paid membership but give you a free 14 day trial. Tons of info and plans there. In 14 days you can download enough pdf’s to keep you going forever.

Fortune, by the way, is one of the great ones and he is a master at the bandsaw. This article made all the difference to me. Pay close attention, set up your machine exactly as he does, and read everything you can find by him (all on FWW) and you will have a ball.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 03:18 AM

Dave, Sounds like you need a new blade. The original blade that comes with any saw is usually pretty cheap and really won’t let you realize the full potental of your new saw. Timberwolf makes a really good bandsaw blade. When I’m doing bandsaw boxes, I like using a 3/16”, 6tpi blade. Allows for tighter turns, but will still give you some stability if your saw is set up properly. If you only want to have one blade, then probably the 1/4” would be the best, just have to be a little more careful on how tight a radius you do. Good luck.

-- John @

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 03:50 AM

Thanks everyone for the info and opinions. I ordered 3 TW blades (actually 2 and got 1 free @suffolk machinery, limited time). I ordered 3/16, 1/4 and a 1/2 today. Huff I really like your boxes, great imagination. (someday I hope to be able to produce anything close to your work.

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