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Forum topic by DanM posted 09-18-2008 12:00 AM 2134 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DanM

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09-18-2008 12:00 AM

Recently got a Grizzly 14” bandsaw. The OEM blade seems kinda crappy, so I’m looking at replacing it with a couple others. I’d like to be able to do everything from curves of a radius about the size of a quarter, to resawing. I’m a bit unclear about TPI’s, tooth shape, etc. I’m thinking I’ll get a 1/8”/ 14 TPI, a 3/8” 6 TPI & a 3/4” 4 TPI blade. Also, this saw is spec’d for 106” blades, which from what I can tell, NOBODY but Griz carries. Looking at the tensioning mechanism, it doesn’t appear the readily available 105” blades will fit (not enough movement in the top wheel). I’m guessing there are better blades to be had than the Grizzlys. I understand certain dealers can make blades of any length. Any suggestions about blade sizes/brands/tpi/tooth config/dealers/etc appreciated!

Thanks

Dan


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lew

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#1 posted 09-18-2008 12:35 AM

Check here for your blades. They have a lot of good information and the company is solid

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=295

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 09-18-2008 12:58 AM

Highland has a great blade called the Woodsllcer.

You can get any size you want.

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#3 posted 09-18-2008 01:04 AM

If you’re going to get a riser soon, I’d hold off getting more blades until it is installed. The Grizzly OEM blades are not the same quality of blade they sell through their catalog. I bought a few blades from the catalog and have not had problem. I’m not sure but I would bet a 105 will fit the saw. Take a string 105” long a see if you can make it fit.

Grizzly sells Timber Wolf and Grizzly brand blades. The blades I purchased were Grizzly brand and I’ve had no problems. Make sure you get your saw setup so the blades are traveling on the center of the tires, top and bottom.

Also, a lot of sites that sell blades will make custom length to order for not much extra in cost.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 09-18-2008 01:25 AM

I will also endorse the Woodslicer blades from Highland. They are well worth the price.

Bob

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Damian Penney

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#5 posted 09-18-2008 03:17 PM

105 is with the riser attached if I’m not mistaken, and while it’s a bit tight the 105 will indeed fit just fine (I have one on my G0555) and your blade selection seems right to me.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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bfd

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 01:04 AM

Hi Damian I also have a a grizzly G0555X with the 6” riser which uses a 105” blade but I think that DanM is talking about the G0457 which is the one above what we have and it is a totally different saw. That one does call for a 106”blade so the Woodslicer sounds like the way to go.

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DanM

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#7 posted 09-19-2008 01:33 AM

I do have the G0457. The 106” blade that came on it doesn’t clear the wheel by much; I measured the actual distance in de-tensioned position, don’t have the exact figure in front of me right now but it was 105+ I’m thinking that with “everything” actually being a bit SMALLER than it’s stated “nominal” size, the 105 inch-ers are apt to be a bit smaller than that, making them a bear to get on. I guess I’ll have to go with one of the places as suggested here who weld-up the blades to your specs.

Thanks for the replies.

Dan

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TheHarr

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#8 posted 09-19-2008 04:47 AM

I’ll let you guys in on my source. I’ve bought several blades from band saw blades direct. They sellLENNOX blades! The best thing is all the blades are cut to lenght and the prices are very good. My Craftsman bandsaw uses the 93 1/2” blade. However, when I tension the blade the wheel is almost at the very limit of its adjustment. I now order 93” blades which puts the wheels right in the sweet spot. The blade you want is the NEO. Look up this site, this is the only place where I now buy blades.

http://www.bandsawbladesdirect.com/shop.cfm?i=1

-- The wood is good.

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