LumberJocks

Rikon 10-305 (Craftsman 21400) Band Saw Blades

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 681 days ago 3339 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Matt Przybylski's profile

Matt Przybylski

433 posts in 976 days


681 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: band saw bandsaw craftsman 21400 rikon 10-305 blades

Hey Everyone,
Sears has a sale right now and I’ve been watching the Craftsman 21400 (same saw as the Rikon 10-305) for a while so I’m going to bite the bullet. My question lies in what blades should I also purchase? Where do I get them (direct links would be good) to fit this saw nicely? I don’t want to break the bank on blades but at the same time I’d like to be able to cut nice curves, cut thin strips, and the occasional 4” resaw of some hardwood (I know it’s not a resaw BS but I’ll need it every once in a while).

Please be advised, I’m not looking for advice on a different bandsaw to purchase, I don’t have the room for a big unit in my garage and I’ve already decided on this saw. Just need to know what blades are good for it.

Thanks in advance.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com


16 replies so far

View toolie's profile

toolie

1717 posts in 1227 days


#1 posted 680 days ago

contact iturra design. no website but they can be reached here:

http://www.manta.com/c/mmc3znn/iturra-design

old school but they really know how to weld a band saw blade. save yourself the grief and stay away from timberwolf blades. there have been several posts on a few forums regarding inaccurate blade welds, and i’ve had 4 new blades have bad welds. iturra is the only place for me.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View Surfside's profile

Surfside

3040 posts in 772 days


#2 posted 680 days ago

You ain’t need to break the bank just to be able to cut nice curves, thin strips and resaw some hardwood! Man, I tell you, my supplier for really good quality blades offer their blades 30% less compared to other brands. I don’t know how they do it but their blades give me best results! Most of the LJs, or some, already had good experience with other suppliers but I am sticking with this one. One more reason that got my heart into them is Customer service! Their sales agents are like saw operators! They can recommend you the type of blade and the right tooth pitch for your cutting needs. You can visit them online at: http://www.sawblade.com.

Or if you want their direct line, call them at these nos. 201-450-9817, 201-450-9818.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View oldretiredjim's profile

oldretiredjim

178 posts in 984 days


#3 posted 680 days ago

Interested in the comment on timberwolf. I bought viking blades from lee Valley, they claim previously timberwolf, put in a lot of time tuning the saw and I am not happy with the cut. Much more wavy and slower than I expected. I increased the tension beyond that recommended and it did not help. I have not seen any reviews of the sawblade blades.

View Surfside's profile

Surfside

3040 posts in 772 days


#4 posted 680 days ago

Jim, sawblade blades might not be as popular as other brands but they’re definitely the best blades for me , IMHO. As I can remember, some members here called me a “shill” for recommending the site. In which, I just wanted to tell everyone that I’ve got a great supplier for band saw blades. And it’s quite hard to refer sites or products here in LJ because the sensitivity of members to advertisers.
BTW, this is where I first heard of sawblade.com:
http://www.cnczone.com/forums/general_metal_working_machines/158171-right_band_saw_job-post1151598.html#post1151598

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View Matt Przybylski's profile

Matt Przybylski

433 posts in 976 days


#5 posted 680 days ago

@toolie: I did some research (aka Googling) on Iturra and it seems as if he’s very well respected when it comes to bandsaws. I think I’ll give him a call to discuss my wants/needs.

Right now I’m leaning towards getting a 1/4” blade for curves and a 1/2” blade for resawing. I don’t know anything about TPI and what’s good so that’s part of what I want to talk to him about.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

View knotscott's profile

knotscott

5369 posts in 1974 days


#6 posted 680 days ago

I’d call Suffolk Machinery and order some Timberwolf blades. When I called they asked some questions about my saw and what I cut, then they suggested 3 different blades. At the time they had a special offer for first timers called “443”....4 blades for the price of 3. Nice blades reasonably priced. Their expertise took the guesswork out of it too.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

View toolie's profile

toolie

1717 posts in 1227 days


#7 posted 680 days ago

matt…...there isn’t, IMHO, a better resource on band saws and related topics than lou iturra. the lenox blade i got from him literally turned my poorly functioning jet 18” BS into a usable tool all by itself, even after a jet authorized dealer “tuned it up” for a fee and returned it with non-coplanar wheels and so much vibration it wouldn’t pass a nickel test.

knotscott…...that’s the entity my 4 defective blades, of varying sizes, came from. very nice people but nice doesn’t get you usable blades. IMHO, there’s a reason they routinely run that 25% discount offer and iturra doesn’t.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View Surfside's profile

Surfside

3040 posts in 772 days


#8 posted 680 days ago

@toolie – Yes, there isn’t a better resource for band saw blades than lou iturra because the best blades, IMHO, are the ones I got from sawblade.com.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View toolie's profile

toolie

1717 posts in 1227 days


#9 posted 679 days ago

surfside ….. very glad you are happy with your blade source. at least you avoided the timberwolf tomfoollery.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View Matt Przybylski's profile

Matt Przybylski

433 posts in 976 days


#10 posted 679 days ago

I gave Iturra a call just now and he was extremely helpful. Not only did he tell me which blades would be best for me but gave me a general overview of bandsaws in general since this is my first one and I really have no idea what I’m doing :) He answered my questions about cool blocks (which I’ve only heard about here) and just random other things I had to ask him. His pricing was great and extremely competitive (actually without the shipping charge his price beats all that I’ve found so far) and just in general a very good experience. Seems like a down to earth guy. I’m considering also speaking with the Suffolk Machinery people but to be perfectly honest after the help he offered me today I’m leaning towards just buying from him on the basis of principle. Thanks for the help everyone.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

View toolie's profile

toolie

1717 posts in 1227 days


#11 posted 679 days ago

when you buy form iturra, you get one of his catalogs. when you get it, you’ll understand why i mentioned it. it doesn’t just sell things. it also has articles that are extremely informative.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View SteveMI's profile

SteveMI

845 posts in 1893 days


#12 posted 679 days ago

I have had the Craftsman clone to the Rikon for couple years now.

A year ago a group of guys I know got together and did a bulk buy with BC Saw out of Canada. They had a 40% price break on order of 40 blades and we made it. Been very happy with these blades on the small saw.

My experience with the original guides wasn’t good. Couple of the bearings froze up and squealed a lot. I got the Carter Stabilizer that replaces the top guide and doesn’t use the bottom guides. If you want to cut curves I would highly recommend that. I put the bearing guides back in when using larger blades for a while, but now have a 14” BS and only use the smaller one for cutting curves and freehand.

Steve.

View Surfside's profile

Surfside

3040 posts in 772 days


#13 posted 679 days ago

toolie – Yes, I am very happy and satisfied with the cutting performance of my blades now. Actually, I didn’t intend to avoid the timberwolf blades and even thought of ordering one. Good thing I saw the site and tried their blades. BTW, what’s the real problem with the timberwolf? I can’t seem to get it, honestly.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View toolie's profile

toolie

1717 posts in 1227 days


#14 posted 678 days ago

surfside – i had 4 new blades of different widths that all had defective welds. they oscillated towards and away from the operator (what an editor @ wood magazine called blade loping when he saw my video). got a blade from iturra and it was like that POS 18” jet BS was a new saw. and i’ve seen other posts on other forums attesting to the blade weld problems on other t-wolf blades. i’ve never seen a complaint or negative comment about a blade from iturra.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View Dusty56's profile

Dusty56

11638 posts in 2286 days


#15 posted 678 days ago

I also had Timberwolf blades break at the weld…3 in total , all were different sizes.

Tried an Olson blade from WoodCraft and now that is all I use : )
Very happy with the cut quality and they are still holding their own….. very sharp !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

showing 1 through 15 of 16 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase