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Forum topic by moll672 posted 04-05-2012 02:26 PM 3078 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2012 02:26 PM

Just bought a Ridgid bandsaw, dont have it together and running yet but need advice on what blades to buy. Reviews all lean towards chucking the supplied blade.
Canadian Tire have VERMONT-AMERICAN in stock at around $20 but cant find any reviews/opinions on their quality.
Alternative is to order from LEE VALLEY which are about $25 and called VIKING formerly timberwolf ?.
B-in-L works for LeeValley and receives 30% discount. However, due to alcohol we are not on speaking terms until I apologize (his alcohol problem not mine)
Anyway my question to y’all is….
1. Do I apologize
2. Do I buy the Can Tire ones
3. Do I pay full price for L V
4. Go to plan C…which is?
Sorry to bring problems to my first post but I think you can understand my dilemma.

-- moll672

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 02:44 PM

Question is, how bad do you want the discount?

That being said I guess this would be option “c”. Save the stock blade for emergencies and/or a new one arrives and get yourself a new/better blade. I have 2 bandsaws, an 18’ that does nothing but re-sawing and I use the “Wood Slicer” blade(1/2”) on that one and I love it. My other is a 14” and I use a slightly less aggressive 1/4” Timber Wolf blade on it and have had no issues with it as of yet. I say “yet” because I don’t use my 14” that much but the factory blade had a hard time cutting air and it had to go.

If I had only 1 saw and needed a blade that would do it all, I would still use the “Wood Slicer” blade. It gives a better cut than other blades with the same T.P.I… my opinion.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 03:24 PM

Avoid Vermont-American. Plan-C: go for Lenox blades, a bit expensive, 3 TPI skip-tooth if you can find ‘em! I put one on a 14” bandsaw, used it for 5 years, then gave the saw to my brother, who is still using that blade 10 years later.

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 03:31 PM

+1 on the Lenox blades. A negative 1 on finding a 3 TPI skip tooth. I finally settled for a 4 TPI for resawing. It does OK.
The BIL?? Wife’s brother or sisters hubby? Either way, maybe the distaff side could get him (when he’s sober) to agree to purchase the blade(s) for you.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-05-2012 03:36 PM

Olson All-Pro are great for resawing and general purpose bandsaw work. It costs $20-25. It won’t last as long as a carbide, however the price is appropriate.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 05:26 PM

In my humble opinion the following company, hands down.. They ship very fast their prices are great and the blades are superb
I use the 201 series on my jet. They retain sharpness and do not snap easily.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 05:34 PM

For a difference of only $5-10 go for the quality.
So if you plan to resaw, order a HW WoodSlicer. In fact, just do it. You’ll love that one.
For ripping long planks of raw boards 4/4, 5/4 or even 8/4 get a 3-4 TPI Timberwolfe.
Then get a small blade, like a 1/4” gazzillion TPI for doing fine work – like band saw boxes.
Goodness knows what you can do with the stock blade. Probably good for ripping. No harm in using a crummy blade for that kind of rough work.
Lastly, learn how to fold up a bandsaw blade. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.

Notice though, every recommendation starts with, what do you want to do with it?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 09:12 PM

Great service and lenox blades. Tell them what you want to saw and they will set you up with the right blades. They sell the wood slicer blade for about half what highland does. But they also have better resaw blades then those. John is the owner and a long time blade seller. Good stuff. bob

-- Bob

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 10:31 PM

Question ordering band saw blades…I am using the PalletMaster blade. I have been getting them from two of the larger online sites to see which is better. In my last purchase I did not notice at first, but the company had put TWO welds in the one blade. I guess they had a small piece and just joined them. On my most recent order of 4 blades I got 2 with TWO welds and 2 with one weld. Is it common to get two welds in a blades. I would think not as this is a common failure point. Comments would be great…thanks.

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