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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 01-22-2013 02:39 PM 986 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2013 02:39 PM

Another question for the masses. I picked up a Craftsman 14” inch bandsaw on sale yesterday. Seems like a pretty good saw, but the blade is horrible. I say general purpose, but plan on doing some bandsaw boxes and other little crafty things. Not any resawing. Figure I’ll go with a Lenox 1/4”. What do yall recommend as far as TPI goes?

-- Gary

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 05:32 PM

Hi Gary,

I have using Timber Wolf blades and they have a chart on their web site with suggestions as to which blade to use and for which material. In the three years I have been using their blades and suggestions the blades have done a great job. Here is their chart Link .

Blade widith and tooth pattern has a great deal to do with what you are trying to cut in thickness, material, and radius of cuts (if any). In other words different blades for differant purpose.

Hope this helps.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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Bill White

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 06:08 PM

Here’s what I use.
1/4” 8tpi
3/8” 6tpi
1/2” 3tpi


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#3 posted 01-22-2013 07:00 PM

I like a 3/8” 6tpi. It handles moderate curves and straight cuts with no problems.

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 07:24 PM

I’ve been using 1/4” 6TPI Haltbar blades.

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 07:47 PM

Hey Surfside…... why not show off some of those projects you do? you make lots of posts about bandsaw blades and tell us what you use, but your street creds are a bit lacking with no projects you have done yourself.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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