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cranesgonewild

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1150 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw bandsaw blade

I’m asking because I just destroyed mine last week. It was my own carelessness.
I’m probably going to buy the same one again, but I’m just wondering what’s a good blade?
The one I was using, I bought at a woodworking show about two months ago.
It was a Viking brand.
105” x 1/2”
3 tpi
I paid $19.99 for it.

I was using it to resaw 9-10” walnut, jatoba, maple, etc. with no problems.
So, what do you use, or recommend regardless of cost?

-- I'm a Fungi --


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patron

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#1 posted 1150 days ago

timberwolf for me
they have them in all sizes
and tooth configurations

http://www.woodcraft.com/Search2/Search.aspx?query=timber%20wolf%20bandsaw%20blade

http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/

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#2 posted 1150 days ago

I’ve ruined more than I care to admit. I used to use Timberwolf 3/4” like Patron. How much money you got? You game for carbide? According to the authority on bandsaw blades (Iturra), there are basically two brands for resaw, Starrett and Lenox. I’m assuming you either want to go with 1/2 inch (0.025”), 3/4 (0.32”), or 1” (0.35”). The carbine Lenox 3 hook will run you $15 a foot in 1/2 or 3/4 inch. The Starret bimetals are around $5/foot. My bandsaw takes almost 12 foot blades, so carbide’s out for me. I bought Starrett’s 3 skip carbon for $2/foot. I’m happy with it. If you’ve got a smaller bandsaw, you might be able to go up to the binetals in Lenox or Starrett. Good luck!

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1150 days ago

Anji, thank you! Have you ever run the 1”? It’s 0.035 thick, just like the 3/4”. I almost bought it but at $5.50/ft v. $2.00/foot, I went with the smaller. I must admit, I like the idea of having a 1 inch bandsaw in my shop, though!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 1150 days ago

I also like the Timberwolf. For resaw I use the 3tpi 1/2 or 3/4 depends on timber.
However, I have never tried the other brands listed.
Arlin

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#5 posted 1150 days ago

Exactly what Arlin said.

Steve

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#6 posted 1150 days ago

^I always went with Timberwolf because they were most available for my then 14” saw. Anything other than 1/4” for my 20’incher requires an order (I don’t have a blade welder). I found the Timberwolf to be of greatly reduced quality relative to the Starrett’s and Lenox’s in big blade lengths, at least. I used 1/4 inch Timberwolfs for years in my 14”, though, and was quite happy with them. I’d say Timberwolf is by far the most popular blade, and you’re likely to see 10 recommendations to every 1 of other brands here.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1150 days ago

Before I forget, another brand I’ve heard very good things about is Blade Runner. They offer carbon 3/4 vari’s in 1/2, 5/8, and 3/4. $2-3/foot. These are narrow kerf, though, at 0.22”. Starrett makes a “general purpose” 6 hook in 3/8×0.25” for $4.50/foot. Not exactly “resaw” but it may meet you in the middle.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 1150 days ago

I use essentially what you were using, 1/2 inch 3 tpi
Our Guild bought a bunch of blades from BC Saw and Tool in Canada.

Because we bough ~90 blades or so the cost ran around 10 bucks.
http://www.bcsaw.com/

Even though it says ‘BC’ saw … they are in Toronto. not British Columbia

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cranesgonewild

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#9 posted 1150 days ago

Thanks guys.
There’s a lot of helpful people on here willing to share what they know. It’s such a great community.
It seems like Timberwolf is pretty popular. I might give it a try.
I think I’m also gonna give BCsaw a try as well. I like to buy local. Actually, they were very local on Saturday when I drove right by there, not knowing they existed. Thanks for the heads up DrDirt.
So, I guess 3 tpi is the way to go for resawing 9-10” walnut?

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NBeener

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#10 posted 1150 days ago

Wood Slicer.

VERY happy with mine.

1/2”.

-- -- Neil

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Roger

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#11 posted 1150 days ago

get on Timberwolfs email list, they have buy 3 get one free quite often

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#12 posted 1149 days ago

I’m with Neil on the wood slicer. It cuts fast and very smooth.

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#13 posted 1149 days ago

MY saw takes a one and a quarter inch to max one and a half inch wide by eighteen inches under the bar.This is ideal for resawing but whatever you do get as wide a blade as possible and tune that sweetheart up tight and enjoy. Alistair

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#14 posted 1149 days ago

I am very happy with my Wood Slicer from Highland Tools mounted on a Grizzly 17” band saw. I have done 1/16” Koa veneers, with very little sanding needed. Most of the time I cut just over 1/4” slices for small boxes.

-- vicrider

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cranesgonewild

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#15 posted 1149 days ago

I’m learning a lot, because I’ve never heard of Wood Slicer. With past blades, I’ve never been able to cut 1/16” veneers. It could also be my Ridgid 14” with a 6” Grizzly riser block, giving me a 12” resaw capacity. But, it does everything that I need it to do.

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