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03-12-2012 01:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw blade

Hi all, I am expecting a delivery of a 14” bandsaw this week, a birthday present compliments of may dear wife. It comes with a 3/8” blade but from what I have been reading it probably won’t be very good. Here’s my question, what is a good all around blade for me to purchase? I will mostly be using it for projects other than re-sawing. Any suggestions?

Randy

-- Randy, Central MN


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#1 posted 03-12-2012 01:46 AM

i would recommend a 1/2” 4 tpi blade from woodslicer. I use it for most of my work on the bandsaw.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 02:24 AM

Thanks interpim for your fast reply. Is the blade suitable for cutting curves or only re-sawing?

-- Randy, Central MN

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 03:25 AM

I use a 1/2” 3tpi blade for 95% of my cutting. That includes curves and resawing. I haven’t found it necessary to use anything else unless I’m cutting a tight radius in which case I’ll use a 1/4” blade instead.

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 11:55 AM

ditto what revanson said… I use mine to cut curves and some resawing.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 02:29 PM

I’ll wade in here ‘cause opinions are like noses. I use the 1/2” Woodslicer too, but not for general use. I find a 1/4” or 3/8” 6 tpi to be the better GP blade for my uses.
Bill

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 02:40 PM

Hi Randy,
Check out this company SUPERCUTS.
Order their catalog. They pack a lot of relevant info in it.
I find that their blades cut well and seem to last longer than others I’ve tried.
As to what sizes you need, an easy rule of thumb is to double the blade’s width to find the smallest radius it can turn. Another rule of thumb: More teeth equals smoother cuts but lots slower feed rate. For much of my curved work, I use a 3/16, 4TPI. For resawing, I use a 5/8, 3TPI.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-12-2012 03:20 PM

I have a TW 3/4in 3TPI on my 14in Rikon and I love it. To be honest, I use the BS mostly for resawing and have found that moving from 1/2in to 3/4in was noticably an improvement and made it easier to maintain a straight cut line.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 03-12-2012 03:23 PM

Timberwolf blades are also very nice, and has a lot of info on their website. http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/

-- John

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 03:34 PM

I have found that fine teeth for a fine cut is a myth. A high quality 4tpi will cut very smoothly. Choose the width according to curve charts for your purposes. I dont think I would duplicate the size that comes on the saw using it for rougher use til it is donefor…...:j

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#10 posted 03-12-2012 03:37 PM

revanson11—I’ll give you my 2 cents, I really like the timber wolf 1/4in ten tooth blade since I have always used a blade with less teeth. I used to use a 1/4inch 6 tooth and then went to a 1/2inch 4 tooth and now when I begin to cut most anything with the 1/4in 10 tooth the blade doesn’t seem to grab at the beginning of the cut.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 03:41 PM

I think of the blades that come with bandsaws not as blades at all but rather just the filler they use in that space for shipping. Never seen one yet that came with a really good blade but you may want to try yours just s you can actually see the difference when you put a good blade on it.

Timberwolf and woodslicer are both good brands. While it’s true that more TPI generally means a smoother finish, I choose TPI based on the number teeth that will be in the wood at the same time so for me it’s 3 or 4 TPI for resawing or large bracket feet and 10 TPI if the wood being cut is 2 inches or less in thickness. Larger blade widths allow for higher tension and reduce blade drift but limit how tight a radius you can cut. Smaller widths cut tighter curves but with less tension and consequently more drift. So it all depends on what you want to cut. If you’re making small wooden toys or bandsaw boxes, you might want a 3/16 or 1/4 inch blade but if you’re making furniture size pieces, the 1/2 or larger might work fine. Blade changes are actually fast and easy on my bandsaw so I go back and forth depending on the task. Other people have saws that make adjusting a bear for blade changes so they tend to stick with one general purpose blade as much as they can. As they say, individual results may vary….

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#12 posted 06-20-2012 09:34 PM

There is a kind of blade specifically designed for what you are cutting.
Hardback carbon blades are ideal for cutting hard woods. Flexback carbon blades are for soft woods and mild steels. For steels, you should be using bi-metal blades. These blades are available at www.sawblade.com.

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 10:27 PM

@Camero68 Hardback blades are NOT recommended for small wheeled bandsaws and the flexibility of the backer has nothing to do with whether a blade is good for soft or hardwood. Although bi-metal blades can be good for cutting metal they can also be excellent for cutting wood, like the above it depends on the set, tooth pattern, TPI etc not the type of metal the teeth/band are made of. Since it is beginning to appear like you are a shill for sawblade.com I would expect better information from you…

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#14 posted 06-20-2012 11:18 PM

I have a 14” Delta band saw and I use the ½” Woodslicer for re-sawing and the ¼” Timberwolf for everything else. Both are very good blades

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#15 posted 06-20-2012 11:30 PM

@doninvegas Regarding the Woodslicer you can get the same Atlanta Sharptech stock from either Iturra Designs (Bladerunner) or Spectrum Supply (Kerfmaster) for less money, depending on the size significantly less. The only other issue besides the stock is the weld and Iturra and Spectrum both do excellent welds.

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