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Forum topic by Kevlar posted 02-26-2013 08:56 AM 693 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kevlar

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02-26-2013 08:56 AM

Hi experts,

Recently joined and just don’t have enough time in the day to enjoy the wealth of information on this site…so excuse the question if it has already been posted.

I while back I picked up a Craftsman band saw in a package deal – it has a blade width of 3/8”...is there a reason I can’t drop that to a 1/4” or 1/8” blade – Sorry new to band saws.

And more importantly, what type of adjustments need to be made. It did not come with the manual and I have been searching with no luck so far.

Thanks all!

Wiqar

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grfrazee

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 09:12 AM

Band saws can use varying widths of blades. Smaller ones are better for cutting tight curves and larger ones are more for resawing. Be cautious when tensioning – thinner blades need less tension to cut properly and could snap.

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 12:00 PM

Wiqar I might be able to help just have a starting question, what size is your bandsaw?

9” bandsaw I wouldn’t go larger then a 3/8”

14” max 1/2”

Anything larger you can go to the larger blades such as 3/4 and up.

Here is a video that you also might find helpful.

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Kevlar

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 03:19 PM

Thanks Randy – it is a 10” saw…I would like to drop to a 1/4” or 1/8” blade for finer cuts then back to the 3/8” blade for rough cuts.

I finally found the manual online, but have not reviewed yet.

Thoughts?

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MonteCristo

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 06:23 PM

The guides may limit how small a blade you can put on it. You should check how adjustable they are. Anything less than an 1/8” blade would likely require better guides. Also, don’t over tension the smaller blades. Most consumer bandsaws can’t even tension the bigger blades enough but they may be able to over-tension the smaller ones and that could lead to breaking a blade.

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Surfside

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 09:47 PM

I got the feeling you should stick to 3/8” and 1/4” blades. 1/4” blades for general use.

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 12:35 AM

Surfside, 3/8 – 1/4” won’t give him the turn radius he’s likely to want or need, I’d try a 3/16”. I’m no expert on the smaller saws but if I can run smaller blades on my 14” Kevlar should be able to run smaller then 3/8” on that 10”.

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