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01-14-2013 06:03 PM

I know this subject has been thoroughly ran and as recent as last week. I know there are the popular blades, timberwolf, wood slicer, and a few others I cannot recall right now.

I have a local source who custom cuts to size blades for us. I am limited to 1” and his blades are 3 TPI with small teeth and very shallow gullets. I have resawn approximately 400 bf of mesquite this past couple of weeks. I am finding I can resaw between 80 to 100 bf before the blade becomes too dull. I am buying 2 at a time at a price of 20.00 each. However convenient as they are local, I just bought my 5th and 6th blade today for 40.00. I will be cutting probably another 600 to 800 bf of mesquite over the next month as I am getting a 16’ trailer full of medium sized mesquite logs this week.

So I am wondering if I am getting service from my 20.00 blades that are par for the course. In other words, do I want to spend 40.00 for a Timberwolf and have it cut like butter for around 100 bf and find I am back in the market for a new blade.

And what about the carbide blade. I am thinking they would not be cost effective. Not sure???

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 06:11 PM

Have you considered resharpening the blades you have?

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 06:13 PM

I have thought of it. I have never resharpened a blade like that. I do occassionally resharpen our drill bits like the pocket hole bits to get more life out of them. But I am by far no expert on sharpening blades, and a 150” bandsaw blade has a lot of teeth.

Any pointers, what do you think Loren?

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 06:14 PM

Whoa! Something stinks in Denmark, or the environs!

When I worked as a Sawyer on the Woodmizer saws we used 1-2TPI blades. I could cut 1000 bd ft/day, and remove the blade, take it home and resharpen it. When I took it of I would replace it with another that I had resharpened.

These weren’t carbide blades, just 1 1/2”? HSS steel.

Now days my little 12” band saw uses 2-3TPI blades, 1/2” wide. I haven’t changed it in 8 months, and have cut at least 300 bd ft.. Some of what I cut was really dirty, and it still does OK for rough cuts.

Either you are doing something wrong or you are getting screwed with a 3TPI weenie.

All my blades are Olsen Pro and work well for me.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 06:25 PM

Yeah Dallas, I was sort of thinking that. I personally think the teeth are too small with shallow gullets. My process is pretty good and minimizes stress on the blade. I will have to post some pics/videos as I am very happy with our little milling set up we built. We are using a 20” powermatic and be built an 8’ long table that surrounds our bandsaw, providing around 4’ infeed and 4’ outfeed. I installed a homemade come along to pull the sled that holds the log which is fasted in place. The sled pulls straight as I installed a 3/8” tracking wood fastened permanent under the sled, it rides inside the miter gauge slot. It is a pretty cool set up and i like it a lot. The bandsaw seems aligned and blade runs smooth and straight. I only get some blade drift when the blade begins to get duller. When it is new and sharp, it tracks straight as an arrow.

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 07:12 PM

You can mount the blade upside down and grind the
gullets with a moto-tool held in a cradle on the table,
squared to the blade with a miter gauge.

You can buy blade stock in coils and have them
welded up in a metal shop. Metalworking saws
often have blade welders on them.

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 08:03 PM

How wide are the boards you are resawing ? It takes one sharp blade to do really wide boards. The blade can then be used on narrower boards before it is tossed or resharpened. I disagree with the idea you are necessarily getting poor service from your blades. Mesquite may be hard on blades (like teak is for example) – woods with natural silica will trash a HSS blade in no time flat.

Also, a good carbide-tipped blade will likely cost you at least 5x what you are paying now. You get what you pay for . . .

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 09:36 PM

Well, since you have your local shop , you may sharpen your blade.
Carbide tipped blades seems to do a great job and it will work very well too. And can be resharpened.

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