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Forum topic by Mike Gager posted 625 days ago 1868 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike Gager

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625 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

recently bought an olson blade for my bandsaw, its a 1/2 inch 6 tpi hook style i know its not the best resaw blade but the only thing i could find locally

i played around with it and cut a beech 1×2 into 1/8 strips and it worked well. a couple days later i went to cut a piece of maple into 3/8” halves and the thing would barely cut through it, same thing with mahogany and poplar. could it be dull already after cutting the beech? is that normal for these cheap blades?

what is a good lower cost blade that will last a while doing mild resawing? i mostly will be cutting boards in half for box making and nothing wider then 6” as thats the limit of my band saw


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Loren

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#1 posted 625 days ago

I recommend 3 tpi for resawing.

You can flip steel blades and install them upside down
on a band saw to grind the gullets with a Dremel-type
tool. Brings new life to dulling resaw blades.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 625 days ago

First off, all blades will dull with use, even carbide. You need to get a better re-saw blade, 6tpi is too many teeth for re-sawing. If your blade dulled w/ one use, it is probably because it overheated. Get a 3 TPI premium blade and you will be a lot happier.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 625 days ago

Let me be the 3rd to say that you need a 3-TPI blade. With 3-TPI resawing, you won’t be fighting buildup in the gullets and the blade will run cooler and cut quicker.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Mike Gager

615 posts in 1891 days


#4 posted 625 days ago

yeah i figured 6 tpi wouldnt be ideal but its all i could find locally. do you guys have a recommendation on brand of blade i should get? ive found a few online for around $20-30 so i would like to stay around that or less if at all possible as im on a pretty low budget

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Loren

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#5 posted 624 days ago

The ones from Lee Valley are a good value. Cheaper than
Timberwolf blades and about the same, imo.

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=30276&cat=1,41036,41037

You didn’t mention what size saw you have, but there
are a lot of blades on ebay at less than you’d pay from
a dealer.

Laguna has a line of Swedish blades they are selling on
ebay too:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Laguna-Tools-ProForce-Bandsaw-Blade-1-2-x-3-tpi-x-93-1-2-Band-saw-Light-Resaw-/390436996136?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ae7dbc428

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 624 days ago

Loren has the ideas/suggestions. I personally use the Timberwolf 3/4in 3TPI on my BS and am pleased with the results.

FWIW, sometimes “cheaper” isn’t really any “cheaper” if they do not last/cut for the same length of time or amount of wood.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Surfside

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#7 posted 624 days ago

I recommend you to use Haltbar blades. Try to check www.sawblade.com . They have good quality blades.

-- "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"

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MonteCristo

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#8 posted 624 days ago

Low cost blades are not going to cut well for long – if you want a good blade it’s gonna cost, it’s just that simple.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 624 days ago

+1 for Horizontal Mike and MonteCristo.

I’m glad you didn’t get to messed up when you went vertical Mike. Take care.

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 624 days ago

No, that’s not normal. I use Olsen All-Pro 3 tpi hook blades for resawing. They last me about a year. At that point they will still cut curves etc, but are too dull to accurately resaw. I use my bandsaw for each and every project, and turn out quite a few projects.
The blades are $20, and while not carbide I think the All-Pro is a step up in quality from the basic Olsen blades.
They will resaw stock to within 1/32”, which really helps make the most of my lumber supply.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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RogerM

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#11 posted 624 days ago

Hello Kansas (from a former Kansas State graduate). As noted above, 6 TPI blades are way too many teeth for resawing. Get down into the 2 and 3 TPI blades for much better resawing capabilities. Timberwolf now offers a 2/3 TPI blade that works very well for resawing The alternating tooth spacing does a better job as it reduces the harmonics and eliminates sawdust waste faster. The Wood Slicer blade offered by Highland Hardware in Atlanta is also an excellent resaw blade but does not stay sharp as long. Like most things you get what you pay for. Cheap box store blades will not stay sharp long.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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Mike Gager

615 posts in 1891 days


#12 posted 623 days ago

roger i saw the timberwolf 2/3 blade you mention on woodcraft.com but it only shows as 3/4” i have a ridgid 14” saw (93.5” blade) i think 3/4 might be to much for it

they also have the olsen all-pro in 5/8” which i think would probably be pushing it.

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Mike Gager

615 posts in 1891 days


#13 posted 609 days ago

update: went with a laguna blade 3 tpi and it made a huge difference in the cut. saw is still pretty underpowered for thick resaws but a slow feed rate turns out a nice cut finish

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Surfside

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#14 posted 609 days ago

Cool Mike! Goodluck on that!


www.bandsawblog.com

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Woodbum

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#15 posted 607 days ago

Mike: I use the Woodslicer from Highlland Woodworking exclusively for resawing. It is not cheap, but it works very well. It is a 1/2” 3 TPI with deep gullets. Also, whichever blade you buy, dedicate it for resawing. Once you make curved cuts with a resaw blade, forget it for resawing.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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