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Forum topic by Kevlar posted 511 days ago 653 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kevlar

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511 days ago

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 511 days ago

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 511 days ago

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 511 days ago

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 511 days ago

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 510 days ago

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

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#6 posted 510 days ago

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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