What 4 Band Saw Blades would you equip your shop with?

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10-26-2011 09:57 PM

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What 4 or 3 or 2 Band Saw Blades would you equip your shop with and why? I was thinking 1/4,1/2,3/4,1” I know I would like a 1”3 tpi blade for re sawing but as for all the rest I am not sure.I would like to get all my blades at once instead wishing I had a blade in the middle of a project and having to order it.So I am depending on you band saw guys to steer me in the right direction thanks Scott

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 10:10 PM

I have 2 1/2” 3 TPI blades, as well as a 3/8” and 3/16” blade (TPI #s slip my mind right now…) The 1/2” blades are for resawing, and the 3/8 and 3/16” are for cutting various curve radii. Mind you, my saw is a 14” saw. Rumor has it that I can fit a 3/4” blade on it, but I can’t imagine how…

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 10:28 PM

The basic repetoire of blades should reflect your use of the tool.
In my opinion, a resaw blade, a course gp blade, a medium gp blade and a narrow fine blade for curves is basic.

That translates, for me, to a 1” x 3TPI for the resaw, a 1/2” x 4TPI for general purpose, a 3/8” X 6TPI for general purpose, and a 3/16” X 18TPI for scroll work.

As you use your saw more you will find yourself saying stuff like, “Gee I wish I had a (Fill iin the blank) blade with (fill in the blank) TPI.”
This is usually followed by something like, “Yes dear, I know I just bought one last week, but I REALLY need THIS one.” hahaha

The repertoire grows… heheh… works for me anyways.

BTW, I a becomming a big fan of magnate blades. (Magnate dot com) They are available in many sizes, including the otherwise hard to find 143” that my 19” Shop Fox uses. Very affordable. I buy them online from Amazon… never been dissapointed.

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 11:27 PM

I have 2 bandsaws from Craigslist.
Jet 14” with riser. 1/2” x 3TPI Carter blade for resaw and straight cuts.
Delta 14” without riser 1/4” x 4 TPI Carter blade for curvy cuts.
Carter blades are excellent.

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#4 posted 10-27-2011 12:13 AM

Excellent question. I just bought/got a bandsaw, and knew I would need a different blade, but had no idea what to get. So I bought 3. A 3/4”x3, a 1/4”x4, and one other that I can’t remember. What I need to learn is when to use what blade and how many TPI.

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 12:16 AM

I have been using a 1/2 3 tpi Timberwolf on my old Delta 14” with great success. It cuts great. I am also using a 1/4” 4tpi, I think, also Timberwolf.

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#6 posted 10-27-2011 01:10 AM

I really don’t like to change bandsaw blades and I seldom do. I have an 18” bandsaw that is essentially dedicated to resawing and other straight line cutting. It has a 3/4” blade on it and when that blade needs to be replaced I may go to a full 1” blade.

I also have a small (Shopsmith) 11” bandsaw that I do all my curvy stuff with. I use a 3/16th blade on it. I thought 1/8th was too small and 1/4 was too big. FYI – I also have the Carter Stabilizer on the small bandsaw. Works great.

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#7 posted 10-27-2011 02:02 AM

On my Laguna 16” resaw and I use:

1/4” 6tpi
3/8” 4tpi
1/2” 3tpi

On my Powermatic 14” bandsaw I use:

1/8” 8tpi
1/4” 6tpi

I get my bandsaw blades from a custom maker near Dayton OH and have been getting them there for about 10 years. Really good blades.

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