substituion for 56 7/8" bandsaw blade

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Forum topic by jimhester posted 12-17-2012 06:48 PM 9841 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2012 06:48 PM

Hello all. My son has an old Craftsman 10” bandsaw that uses 56 7/8” blades. He’s just learning to bandsaw and is having problems cutting a tight radius with his 1/4” blade. I recommended going to a 3/16 blade. He is having trouble finding a 3/16 in the 56 7/8 length. You can order them from Sears, but they’re on back order. A couple of places locally have 3/16 in a 56 1/8 length. Has anyone any experience with substituting a shorter blade (3/4” shorter) and taking up on the blade tension? I haven’t looked yet to see if there’s enough adjustment left to take up that much. Thanks. Jim

P.S. I’m also asking this on a couple of other forums, so if you see it again, disregard.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 06:54 PM

Call Bobby at Woodworkers Tool Works,, and he can custom make any size you need. (800)-475-9991

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 07:04 PM

Thanks. I may do that if I can’t substitute something I can get now. My son is trying to do a very small bandsaw box that will hold a ring, and he wants to get it done before Christmas. This worries me. Not because I don’t want him to get married, but he looks too much like me for any girl to accept a proposal. Jim

-- Jim

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 07:47 PM

You may want to inquire with . I purchase my blades with them, they custom blades . They can help you out to find a substitution . You can reach them at 201-540-9817 .

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 02:43 AM

Timberwolf and several others will make blades to any length you need. You can also get a 1/8” blade that will cut tighter radii.

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 02:58 AM

Check out Ebay and Amazon. Good luck. -Jack

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#6 posted 12-18-2012 03:28 AM

Try PS Wood for their Timberwolves. They are exceptional in quality and service. I once broke a 1/8” blade at a place not on the weld, which isn’t warranted, but they sent me a free replacement anyway. It was completely my fault, and they knew it too, but they sent it regardless. I had a 3/16” 4 TPI that cut like butter, and left a relatively good finish. It also comes in 10 TPI for a better finish though, which is probably what your son would want for his box. If the curves aren’t too tight, I would reccomend the 3/16” over the 1/8”, as it is harder to break and doesn’t overheat in thicker woods, with the 4 TPI that is. The 10 TPI will still be better at that than the 1/8”, which only comes in 14 TPI. You can buy the blades here. Notice the section for selecting any length of blade, as well as the fraction/decimal space. You’ll find the customer service to be superb and the blades to be even better. In my opinion, it would be best to just buy the best blade available (these) and skip the frustration of a step in between. Best of luck!

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#7 posted 12-18-2012 04:05 AM

”This worries me. Not because I don’t want him to get married, but he looks too much like me for any girl to accept a proposal.”
If he has your sense of humor , he will do just fine : )

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#8 posted 12-18-2012 07:34 AM


It is pretty simple to figure out the sizes of blades that will work on your bandsaw (I just did this tonight). Highland Woodworking has a great tip on this Bandsaw Blade Length

Best of luck to you.

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#9 posted 12-18-2012 10:48 AM

The last ones I got, I bought at Menards. Olsen was the Brand name??? I have an old Craftsman three wheeler, and used a 1/8” sized blade ALOT. Right now, there is a 1/4” one on board.

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