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Forum topic by triw posted 05-02-2012 07:15 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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triw

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05-02-2012 07:15 PM

I have a metal band saw that uses 64 1/2” blades. So instead of buying a new band saw to cut wood. I would like to know if I can get wood blades this long? I can not find them listed anywhere so do I need custom ones? Also would there be a problem using a metal band saw to cut wood if I have the correct blades? The band saw has adjustable speeds. Thanks William


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 07:32 PM

William, most if not all BS blade mfg make custom sized blades. the ‘standard’ sizes you sometimes see in stores are because some BS mfg have similar specs for the length of blades they use. if you go online to places like highlandwoodworking (woodslicer blade seller) you can request for a custom size per inch.

As for using the saw for wood – it is certainly possible, although wood saws require a much much faster speed than a metal saw does. what is the max speed you can set your saw to?

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#2 posted 05-03-2012 03:03 AM

Are you sure that your band saw does not have steel wheels. That is steel wheels without rubber tires. I say that because that that 64 1/2” blade is a very common blade for the horazontal metel cutting saws that you can stand the band op and cut on a small table. The teeth on wood cutting band saw blades will be damaged by running on steel wheels.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 04:35 PM

As for using the saw for wood – it is certainly possible, although wood saws require a much much faster speed than a metal saw does. what is the max speed you can set your saw to?

I am not sure what speed it can be set at it has step pullies and a belt.

Are you sure that your band saw does not have steel wheels. That is steel wheels without rubber tires. I say that because that that 64 1/2” blade is a very common blade for the horazontal metel cutting saws that you can stand the band op and cut on a small table. The teeth on wood cutting band saw blades will be damaged by running on steel wheels.**

Yes it is a horazonal metal cutting saw and has metal wheels. I was not aware of the problem you detailed. Thank you for your input and thats why I asked so I would not do something dumb.

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 04:43 PM

Most bs can cut both. I’d just put it on the highest RPM and try it out.

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 01:59 AM

I have on of those steel wheeled horizontal bandsaws. I put a 3/16” blade on it and use it a lot when I don’t want to take the resaw blade off my big saw. I have not had any problems with the steel wheels harming the blade BUT these saws are designed to use 1/2” wide blades only and the thrust bearing can’t be adjusted to support narrower blades. I solved this by making a “thrust groove” from hardwood. It looks a little Rube Goldberg but works fine to cut curves. I can post pics if needed. My mods were very simple and cost 0. The problem with using 1/2” blades is you can’t cut a very tight radius at all.

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