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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-04-2012 05:04 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2012 05:04 AM

I have a new Central Machine 14 inch bandsaw. While cutting legs for and Adirondack chair out of 2×6 white pine, I noticed that it was cutting very slow. I don’t know the TPI of the blade that came with it but I bet it’s for thinner wood.

I want to replace it with a couple of blades, a 4 TPI and an 8 TPI carbide but I need to know who makes the best blades for the money.

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 05:13 AM

Timberwolf blades are pretty good, not sure you need carbide. Those are spendy. Highland sells a woodslicer blade that is for resawing. Most stock blades for BS are subpar. I cant imagine central machinery blades to be too good. The width of the blade and tpi will all factor into the ideal/intended use.

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 06:40 AM


Go to Their carbon steel blades are made from Starrett stock, are very good (used by Michael Fortune), and are inexpensive. Last time I bought them, they were <$10 ea. You want 1/2” 3 tpi for 90% of your work. These blades cut anything you will need to cut, last well and are easily resharpened. Read Fortune’s article “Five Tips For Better Bandsawing” at FineWoodworking.

Carbide blades are way too expensive and are unnecessary. Nothing magic about the bandsaw or the blades. Set it up correctly, use the proper SHARP blade, and it will do anything you want. I have had the same bandsaw as yours for five years and like it better all the time.

While you’re looking up stuff at FWW, look up “Make Your Own Bandsaw Fence” by Patrick Sullivan. I built one but left off the drift adjustment feature. Too fiddly and I have found that a properly setup saw with a SHARP blade that’s right for the job, will not drift. Go to www. for an explaination of bandsaw drift. Between that site and Fortune’s information, you will learn how to use your saw.


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#3 posted 03-04-2012 01:40 PM

Anything will be better than the stock blade that came with it. I prefer the Timberwolf blades. I have tried the Woodslicer but did not last as long (but to be fair, I only tried one and it didn’t last long but I could have just gotten a bad one. Many people swear by them)

The carbide blades are going to be hard to find under in a blade under 1” wide that will fit the saw. If you do find them, they will be quite expensive and you would have to go through a lot of blades to come out ahead. They are 3-4x as expensive and I can’t say for certain that they would last as long as 3 or 4 quality carbon steel blades. You start getting into metal fatigue and more “exciting” types of blade failure.

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