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Handtooler

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505 days ago

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LJ’s I own a Craftsman 12” band saw which I have learned recently to set up and adjust to achieve super cuts, and have re sawn some 3-4” wide boards to less than 1/4” veener strips; however, I am interested in acquiring a better blade than my current Olsen 3TPI 1/2” blade. The Wood Slicer has been recommended in several previous forum entries, but it comes in 801/2” length not 80” as my saw requires. Might I expect to be able to achieve the necessary tension to properly resaw with it. I’ve used a 5/8” blade sucessfully in the past even though the manuual says not to exceed 1/2”. The Chattanooga company that used to weld blades for me from bulk stock is no longer in business.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com


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JesseTutt

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#1 posted 505 days ago

Try the Timber Wolf They list a 1/2 inch by 80 inch. I think they will custom weld any lenght you need.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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MaroonGoon

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#2 posted 505 days ago

We are in the exact same situation! We must have the same 12” Craftsman band saw because this past weekend I was looking online for a Wood Slicer blade and my saw requires an 80” blade also. I will look forward to someone giving an answer to this :)

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 505 days ago

Thanks Jesse! I’ve also read several very fine reviews for the Timber Wolf blades.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Don W

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#4 posted 505 days ago

Take a piece of string, 80” long and see if your saw will tighten that much. Actually, tighten it all the way and measure. I’d be surprised if 1/2” would make that much difference. Both my bandsaw have a couple inch travel.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 505 days ago

You can get an 80” timberwolf. I hear great things about those blades

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Surfside

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#6 posted 505 days ago

1/2” – 3/4” with 3-4 TPI bandsaw blades are recommended for resawing. Timberwolf has 80” or 6’8” length.

-- "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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David Kirtley

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#7 posted 505 days ago

Suffolk Machinery that makes the Timberwolf will make them whatever length you desire. They don’t charge extra for it.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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SCOTSMAN

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#8 posted 505 days ago

Your bandsaw unless it is very poorly designed should be able to accept an extra half inch without too much problem.IMHO I really cannot see this as a problem ask the manufacturer to be safe but I would not let a small deviation of that amount worry me.There should be more room to tension than a half an inch. see what others say.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Handtooler

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#9 posted 505 days ago

I am also to understand that Timber Wolf badese do not require as much tension as other manufacturer’s; is this so?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 505 days ago

Russell,
I believe you are correct, but I’ve always tensioned them to the same “note” as other 1/2”s, I’ve used. But they’ll make them to your specified length.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Handtooler

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#11 posted 505 days ago

Thanks all for your kind information.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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