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Forum topic by Surfside posted 09-17-2012 08:23 PM 5348 views 3 times favorited 61 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2012 08:23 PM

Let’s not make this thread as an advertisement but treat it as a reference for blades with good brands.
You can name the blade’s brand and write down the reasons why you like their blades. You can add sources too to make it look more of a reference post. The most mentioned brand obviously gets the credit. Please do not rant on anybody because of his brand of choice.

To start….

I’d go for HaltbarSagen blades from


Great quality.
Very affordable price
Great customer service
There are only two blade manufacturers in the world that has an ISO certification, and the manufacturer of their blades is one of the two. (I don’t know the name of their blade manufacturer)

So, what brand do you go for?

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 09:48 PM

Starrett and Lenox have been in the business for a long time. They are good, but there may be others that are as good. When I need a blade, the first two names immediately come to mind. I prefer to go by “reputation” of a brand rather than an unknown brand. Starrett for example has a great variety of blades for both wood and metal working, but, their woodworking blades are not well known by woodworkers who immediately call out the name “timberwolf” because that’s the only brand they have heard of. Not to place any negativity on that brand, but there are many good brands that typically cater to industrial users, not the DIyer. Having been part of the industrial scene for over 50 years, I tend to look for industrial quality tools rather than consumer grade tools. In the long run, the industrial grade costs less. Please don’t even consider ISO certification as an indication of quality; it is not.

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 09:54 PM

I’m a Lenox guy. I run a 1 inch typically. I’d rather buy another smaller saw than wrestle those big blades off my machine. I was unimpressed with the Timberwolf. I wasn’t thrilled with the woodslicer either. However, I think the woodslicer is better than the timberwolf. I’d love a bunch of carbides, but my 20” saw takes a 12 foot custom blade. Adds up, bro.

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 09:54 PM

Ron, I would be happy to tell you that the other company who has an ISO certification for their blades is Lenox.

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 10:12 PM

ISO 9000 is a hoax thrust upon the consuming public – essentially, it means you’ve documented every last detail of a process – be that process excellence-personified or the fallacy of India-based ‘customer support’. There are several other certification processes which actually mean something.

I’m not disparaging those who have the ISO certification – it means you’ve done your paperwork; as they are primarily Administrative, Management, & Process-centric.

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 10:54 PM

“Chevy vs Ford” among the major players, IMO.

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 11:34 PM

I’m no expert but I like the Carter blades I have used so far. Just sayin’.

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 11:37 PM

Lenox carbide-tipped is my favorite as well on my General 15” bandsaw. I hate to agree with Al, but it had given me the best service and results.

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#8 posted 09-17-2012 11:50 PM

While my experience is very limited, I have to say I’m a huge fan of supercut blades, I had an amazing customer service experience with them, as you can read in my forum post ( no idea how to link it from an iPad) and their blades seemed to almost completely remove drift from my 12” craftsman bandsaw. Just my opinion

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 12:15 AM

Surfside are HaltbarSagen blades good for re=sawing? If so what would you recomend for a 14’’ BS?

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 06:41 AM

Lenox because it lasts and lasts and lasts…

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 06:49 AM

I use BC Saw from Toronto. They use Starrett blade stock and do aq flawless job welding. Their carbon steel blades cost <$10 each in buys of 10. They cut well, last nearly forever aand are a snap to resharpen.


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#12 posted 09-18-2012 01:22 PM

Gerald, they usually recommend me their 201 series hard back carbon blade for re sawing softer woods with a 3-6 tpi. If you’re cutting harder woods, their carbide blade works best. I have both the 201 series and their carbide blade. Although the carbide blade can re saw both soft and hard woods, I still keep the 201 to lessen the work load of the carbide blade. That’s my way to maximize a band saw blade’s life.

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#13 posted 09-18-2012 01:35 PM

Wow! Everyone seems to have their own brand though Lenox is obviously taking the lead for the most number of recommendations. So far, these are the brands mentioned:

BC Saw from Toronto (Starret)

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#14 posted 09-18-2012 01:42 PM

I have my blades made by lenox….229 in had no trouble


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#15 posted 09-18-2012 01:55 PM

I’ve also had good luck with the two Carter blades I’ve tried.
Available via Amazon w/ free shipping.
I also tried a Morse blade recently – 1/4”. It sucked. Poor weld. Made the blade hard to track.

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