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Forum topic by Cole Tallerman posted 07-26-2012 07:35 PM 1826 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cole Tallerman

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07-26-2012 07:35 PM

So im trying to purchase bandsaw blades (one for resaw and one 1/4”). So im on woodcraft and there are tons of options between the amount of tpi and the type of teeth and the size of blade. My bandsaw can take up to a 3/4 inch blade but ive seen reviews on not being able to get enough tension on 14” bandsaw’s. is 1/2” going to be good enough to resaw 12”? what kind of teeth should i get? What is the difference in type/ amount of teeth?

Thanks for helping me out!

PS: Im not ready yet for carbide tipped blades

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 07:47 PM

I would keep to 1/2” myself. I tried a 3/4” Timberwolf blade on my 14” PM, because they advertise they need less tension, and I still could not get enough tension to get a good cut in a 10” resaw. I bought a 1/2” woodslicer and it works great; I recommend it. I hear it dulls relatively quickly, but the next step is carbide, and I’m not ready to invest that much yet.

I would aim for a 1/2” blade, no more than 3tpi (woodslicer is a 3-4tpi skip tooth design). If you’re really looking for 12” resaw, less than 3tpi might be better. You want big gullets to clear the sawdust.

-- John

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 08:22 PM

Take a look at . I believe the pages are germane to your discussion. You are not providing all the info to needed to get the advice you’re seeking.

What kind of wood will you be re-sawing (with your 1/2” or 3/4” blade)? How good of a finish are you expecting (i.e. more TPI will give you smoother cut, but will reduce your feed rates etc….) the material is important, the quality of the cut is important to help make a good selection. Also, what are you using the 1/4 blade for: band saw boxes, ripping thin boards or just a general purpose blade.

Be a bit more specific and I do believe that the experts here can give you the answers you are looking for.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 10:52 PM

First, are we talking about a 14” cast Delta or one of its clones?

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 10:58 PM

I am a total convert to a 3/8 diamond bandsaw blade. These blade you can not find in a store and must be ordered online but I run this blade on a 18” Jet saw because I find it cuts better than anything else I have gotten my hands on. Hal Taylor the chair builder sells them through his web site and highly recommends them.

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 12:24 PM

Cole your 14” though it states it can use a 3/4” that’s a bit big for a 14” they run better with a 1/2” and on down in size, you will have no problems resawing with a 1/2” for resawing, get as few teeth per inch as possible a 3 tpi sould be fine. Just a quick run down, the moreTPI you have will give you a cleaner and finer cut but will cut slower, the fewer TPI you have will give you a rougher cut but will cut faster just a quick rule of thumb, tell the person with bandsaw knowlage in the store what you are trying to cut and they should be able to lead you in the right direction.

Myself though I have a local woodcraft for blade purchasing, it’s on the other side of town from me, for all of my wood work I purchase my blades from a small shop more convenient to me, he makes them for me, just your average steel blades at a very…. reasonable price not near as high in price as woodcraft and they do awesome cutting, they aren’t diamond ect… I don’t really think you have to go to extremes when buying a blade keep it simple and within your budget, you’ll have great outcome and results. If you want the link to my supplier let me know and I’ll post the link.

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 01:37 PM

I would go for a 1/2” blade with less than 3 tpi. 3 tpi is good but a 2 tpi blade works better for re sawing. Less no. of teeth in the set is recommended when resawing large boards. Bigger gullets would mean bigger space for sawdusts to come out of the blade. It would be better to go for carbide tipped blades

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 01:57 PM

Three that I use on my 14” Grizz:
1/4” 6 tpi
3/8” 4 tpi
1/2” 3 tpi
They do all I need so far.


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#8 posted 07-28-2012 01:51 AM

I have gotten a lot of good advice on different bandsaw blades/applications by calling Timberwolf and asking them questions. They seem very willing to answer questions as long as you want to ask them (and I have yet to get bad advice).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 02:55 AM

Great info here. Wish I could help you but I am in the same boat as I will need to purchase a couple band saw blades.

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