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ParksArt

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04-09-2012 12:01 PM

Greetings.. first time poster…long time reader…

I picked up a used Grizzly 14” bandsaw a while back (boy, was it heavy! j/k)

Anyway, it came with a 1/8” blade with around 10 TPI, which is probably the original blade, but I really got nice smooth clean cuts. The blade has finally broken and being Easter weekend I knew ordering one was not going to get me a blade very quickly. In my small Ky town I really don’t have many options. Lowes was the best I could find so I picked up their Bosch 1/8” blade with 15 TPI. I loaded it up and tightened it a bit. It seems to cut fine except for the cut surface has a washboard look to it. I cranked down the tension as far as my saw will go and it did improve the smoothness alot. I have adjusted the guide blocks snugly.

I still don’t have the smoothness in the cut that I did with the other blade.. is this just the nature of the big box store blade or is there something more on adjustment I could try?

I still plan to order a better quality blade like a TW, but would like to understand this blade as well and keep it as a backup.. it was only ten bucks anyways.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Brian


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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 01:11 PM

Get away from big box blades for the BS. Look a Timberwolf.
Bill

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 02:13 PM

I think Bosch owns Vermont American now and they make those blades. They get fairly poor reviews. I bought an 80 inch blade at Sears, 1/2 inch 6 tpi and it sucked, the blade wouldn’t cut well and wandered despite the proper tension. I had just put new urethane tires and new bearings in the saw, adjusted wheels for coplanar, adjusted thrust bearings and guides, so I know it wasn’t the saw’s fault. Went to a thinner blade with more teeth I had on hand and it was much better. If you broke a blade, something is amiss, either with the tune of the saw or your technique. If there’s a washboard look to the cut perhaps you are feeding too quickly?

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ParksArt

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 02:30 PM

Thanks for the responses.

The bandsaw is probably 12 years old and I’m pretty sure this is the blade that came on it. So it was a little dull and I was pushing it around some band saw box projects pretty heavily.. so I take credit for breaking it.

I’ve got the new blade cutting much better but it’s still not as nice as the other one was. I’ll probably order a Timberwolf this afternoon.

Brian

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 03:40 PM

Brian, blades brake when they have a bad weld and are forced to twist some, so I’d still give it a bit of tuneup. Get the Band Saw Book used on Amazon (I paid five bucks!) It gives great advice on blade tracking, tension, blades choices etc. A twelve year old saw with the original blade was either abused or never used at all. Hope it was the latter. Good luck.

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ParksArt

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 03:52 PM

It sat dormant for a long time. It’s in great shape. I paid 200 bucks for it off craigslist and it was just sitting in a storehouse waiting for me. I need to look at that blade to see if it was at the weld. I was pushing it through some tight curves and it was only a 1/8” blade. Cut and tracked nice though.

Either way, it cut better than the new blade.

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