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Forum topic by Anthony Finelli posted 503 days ago 786 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Anthony Finelli

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503 days ago

I have a Ridgid bandsaw and the blade it came with sucks. I want to make bandsaw boxes, cut finger joints, cut curves,etc… what width should I be looking at and is it worth the cash to go with timberwolf blades? thanks guys, ~Anthony

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SnowyRiver

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#1 posted 503 days ago

Not sure how wide the blade is that you currently have, but the thinner the blade the smaller the curves you can easily cut. I tend to use a 1/4 or 3/8 inch blade for general cutting, and a 1/2 inch blade for resawing. This blade also works good for sawing the lids on boxes. The wider the blade is of course the easier it is to cut a straight line. Another good blade is the Wood Slicer. This is what I have started to use for resawing and it’s a great blade.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 503 days ago

Timber Wolf and Wood Slicer from Highland tools are wonderful blades…costumer service from Timber Wolf is outstanding and willing to share value advise on types of blades for your cutting needs…good luck on your purchase…BC

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MonteCristo

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#3 posted 503 days ago

Manufacturers usually put a crap blade on a new machine. I would look into bimetal blades for a saw like yours. They are way more durable than regular blades and easily pay for themselves. On bigger saws I use carbide-tipped blades, but these don’t seem to be available in the narrow sizes you would need.

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mbs

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#4 posted 503 days ago

I like Diamond blades from buyfromawoodworker.com I get the .032” thick 3/8” wide and use it for just about everything.

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cutworm

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#5 posted 502 days ago

We have the same saw. I use Carter blades. 1/2 and 3/8”. I like them.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 502 days ago

Wayne pretty well summed up the blade scenario.
Bill

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 502 days ago

I just added a riser block to my bandsaw a couple of weeks ago and needed 105” blades for it. The riser kit included a blade (whatever comes stock with the Powermatic). I odered two blades…one is a Carter and the other is a Woodslicer. I tried all of them while playing around with resawing some 9” wide maple, oak, cherry Padauk. The Woodslicer blade from Highland woodworks was far superior than the Carter blade and the blade that came with the riser kit was a joke…I have several Timberwolf blades that are 93’ that I used prior to the riser but I never used them to resaw anything thicker than 5”.

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Surfside

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#8 posted 500 days ago

We don’t need thick blades to resaw but choosing TPI is somehow a critical issue. Riser block option is always best for resawing. Enjoy cutting.

-- "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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sprucegum

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#9 posted 500 days ago

I just bought a few blades from these guys http://www.toolcenter.com/mm5/merchant.mvc? they are lennox blades they seem to cut very well, the shipping is reasonable, and the price is ok. They make all of their blades to order so plan on at least a week. I was able to resaw some cherry with a 1/2” 3 tpi blade with the fence set at 90 degrees no run out at all.

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LeChuck

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#10 posted 500 days ago

Can’t say enough good things about the Diamond blade mentioned above. Put on into my bandsaw and I don’t want any other now. And it doesn’t break the bank as the price is really low.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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JaySybrandy

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#11 posted 89 days ago

I use 1/4” Silverline bandsaw blades from ebay

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Picklehead

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#12 posted 89 days ago

Another vote for Sterling Diamond blades. Bimetal, sharp, not too $$$$

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deputy4989

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#13 posted 89 days ago

I also use diamond blades, They work as good as timberwolf and are a lot cheaper

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hairy

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#14 posted 88 days ago

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ScottKaye

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#15 posted 88 days ago

I have found bimetal blades to be a great compromise they stay sharp and last much longer than a standard steel blade. I really like the Starrett brand of blades and they have good reviews. check them out on amazon.com

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