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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 01-18-2012 06:44 PM 1457 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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01-18-2012 06:44 PM

I am not planning on purchasing a new bandsaw blade just yet. My Woodslicer still has some life remaining and I’m very happy with this blade as it’s my 3rd one. With that said, its just that. It’s my 3rd one. They don’t seem to stay sharp very long when resawing a lot. I’ve used the Timber Wolf one as well and much rather prefer the Woodslicer. However, I was wondering if this Lenox Tri-Master Carbide Tipped bandsaw blade was worth its price of $99

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/lenox-tri-master-carbide-tipped-12-bandsaw-blades.aspx

Its features….
Width: 1/2”
Thickness: .025”
Kerf: .050” (3/64”)
Teeth: 3tpi

And this “An important feature of these bandsaw blades is that the carbide teeth feature a triple chip grind (much like on many circular saw blades), meaning they have zero set, thus virtually eliminating any tendency for the teeth to drift away from your line of cut. Using the appropriate feed rate, these blades cut cleanly and leave a smooth finish.”

They can also cut metals.

So, anyone use this? Is it a good resaw blade? Is it worth its price and is it the bandsaw equivalent to a Forrest Woodworker II table saw blade? I’m just curious as this is the first time I’ve seen it.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN


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Brandon

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 06:46 PM

It’ll probably cost 50% more depending on the length you need. Boy would I feel bad if I broke that blade!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 06:49 PM

You’re right, I forgot to set the length. They START at $99. For my 105” blade, it would cost $147.99 lol. That blade better last a lifetime for that much.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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DS

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 07:02 PM

My 143” blade costs $195. I can buy the same blade in steel for around $30

What advantage does one carbide blade have that six steel blades don’t? They say it lasts longer, but it would have to outlast six steel blades just to break even. Perhaps the cut quality is better, but I’ve never used one to know if it’s any better.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 07:27 PM

I’m not wild about the idea of spending $150 on a 1/2” blade.

I have a carbide blade on my big saw but it’s 1” wide and has
only 1.5 tpi or something.

Have you seen these?

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=30071&cat=1,41036,41037

Never tried them myself.

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Eric_S

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 07:34 PM

I’m more curious than anything really. I doubt I’d pay $150 for one when I can just buy a bunch of woodslicers or another blade for that price, or put that money towards a drill press or a decent table saw. Like Brandon said, if it were too break that would suck!

I haven’t seen those leevalley ones Loren, thanks for the link. I have a grizzly 14” with Riser so not sure if 104 1/4” would work or it would be too short. Im supposed to use 105” i believe. Again though, I’m happy with the woodslicers, this one still has some life on it but they don’t seem to last long.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Donna Menke

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 10:36 PM

I’d like to know too. My Forrest WW2 blade is the cat’s meow for my table saw. Getting an equivalent for my band saw would be great.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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DS

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 10:59 PM

Looks like the Highland blade has brazed carbide teeth where the Lee Valley one is “carbide impregnated” steel.

There is a huge difference in price. I wonder how different the cut quality would be?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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bbjjj

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 05:47 AM

I remember when the only table saw blades that were readily available were plain steel, now plain steel blades are the exception.
I think that most of use use carbide tipped cutters when ever possible (i.e. table saw, skilsaw, router, planer) because they preform better than their plain steel counter parts and over time the manufacturing costs have made them very affordable.
My guess is the carbide tipped band saw blade performs in the same way, but for most of the hobbyist wood workers the cost has to be considered. Another thing to consider would be, can it be sharpened and by whom. It does look like a really good design and if it was about $80 for a 133” I would order one tomorrow.

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 07:59 AM

i can,t aford that for my bandsaw…at 229 in i,d be in the poor house for sure.

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Loren

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#10 posted 01-19-2012 08:03 AM

A carbide bandsaw blade can be sharpened by any local sharpener.

They can sharpen steel blades too, but not skip-tooth.

You can sharpen your own steel blades by mounting them
upside down on the saw and lightly grinding the gullets
with a moto-tool. Works great on lower-tpi blades.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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