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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 11-23-2011 01:32 AM 946 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sawedoff

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11-23-2011 01:32 AM

guys/gals

I bought a grizzly G0555 14” bandsaw about a month or so ago. So far I have been very pleased with it. I am in the process of making cutting boards for Christmas gifts and have been frustrated using it. I have been using a 3/4” 3 tpi hook blade for trying to rip pieces of maple and walnut. It comes out looking like it is rough cut. Is this something that is just to be expected? I have a POS tablesaw that I feel doesn’t cut as accurate as my BS due to the fence on the TS. It definitely cuts smoother though but there is a spot on my TS fence that got shaved by the blade (don’t yell…..it was from a previous owner) and it shows on my cuts. Is there a blade that I could use as a resaw blade that will also be good at producing straight and clean cuts with say 4/4 lumber?

I have read good things about the wood slicer blades but I can only find them in 1/2” for my saw (93 1/2”). I figured the wider the blade the better for resawing and stability….... For what it’s worth my 3/8 blade cuts smooth, just drifts more than I like

I was thinking about running by highland woodworking since I live in the ATL area and check them out

Any suggestions?

-- still wet behind the ears.....


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 02:00 AM

Take a look here. Suffolk make any size you need. I use a 5/8X3 TPI blade on my 14” and get good cuts.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 02:11 AM

I had the same fence problem on my old cheapy table saw and my answer to the problem was to bolt a sacrificial wooden fence to it.
It worked extremely well and probably still would except the motor burned out.

My Band saw has never made smooth resaw cuts, probably becuase the driven pulley was wallowed out by the previous owner and I haven’t found a new one for it, (Crapsman say’s parts are no longer available).

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 02:19 AM

I have the Woodslicer blade from Highland and the cut is very clean. I definitely recommend going by Highland and picking one up—In fact, I was just at Highland today. :-)

I’ve also heard good things about the timberwolf blades, but I’ve never used one.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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sawedoff

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 02:42 AM

thanks for the replies…. I think I’ll try that with my TS! So Brandon, what size blade do you run? I am just a little concerned with drift on the 1/2” blade. I maybe worrying about nothing though

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 03:04 AM

I do ALL my ripping on my band saw and yes it DOES come out like rough cut using a 3 TPI blade. I don’t think you’ll get a really smooth cut from a band saw with a 3TPI blade. At least not a cut like a table saw can do – that barely requires sanding. In general you get a smoother cut from more TPI, but you have to go slower, so you might try a 6TPI blade and see what happens.

I just bought a Highland Wood Slicer but haven’t used it yet. (Note: They caution against using it for green wood) I suspect you’re not using green wood for cutting boards though. It’s a very narrow kerf blade designed more for re-sawing than ripping.

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 03:08 AM

I have the 1/2” and yes I definitely have to deal with drift. That said, I don’t have the best saw either (Ridgid BS1400).

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 03:10 AM

I should add that I only use it for resawing, not ripping. I do all my ripping on the TS. And in terms of smoothness, I’m not comparing teh smoothness to the TS, but to the other BS blades I’ve used.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 03:13 AM

3/4 inch blade is way to wide for this band saw, I highly recommend a 1/2 blade either from Highland wood slicer or Timber wolf, you will see the difference…Blkcherry…

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 03:20 AM

thanks for the replies

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 04:33 AM

blackcherry….. Just curious, why you say that the 3/4” blade is too wide? Not questioning you at all as this is my first bandsaw so I am just learning them. It seems that the two you mentioned others are echoing so that will be the next blade I get.

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 06:11 AM

At one HP a 3/4 blade seem to drag a bit, were a 1/2 blade with 3 to 4 tps should glide with little resistance. If you had a 2 hp motor 3/4 would be fine. I have both a 2 HP GO407 and 1 HP GO555 Grizzly and I only use 1/2 blades for resawing. This was a recommendation by the good folk at Sulffork / Timberwolf blade and I’ve never looked back since…good luck on learning and enjoying your new toy…BC

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 02:29 PM

I’ve got an OLD bs and I use timberwolf and I think they are great . You can have any size made up. I just got done making some 1/4” boards out of 6” black walnut “logs” with what I thought was great results using a 1/4” wide 8tpi blade. Pretty smooth, then I changed to a 1/2” 4tpi blade and things were much rougher but still acceptable. It’s like everything else try different things untill you get what you like and what works for me may not work for you. Go make sawdust!
MIKE

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sawedoff

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 03:51 PM

BC….. Thanks for the explanation. Thanks as well Mike and all that replied

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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