Blade for cutting curves on a Rikon 10-325

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I just picked up my Rikon 10-325 from Woodcraft yesterday and am pretty excited to get it up and running. It will be my first real bandsaw (I’ve had a couple cheap saws over the years I quickly grew frustrated with for various reasons).

There are quite a few threads out there about what people are using for blades to resaw on this machine, but just curious what people like for cutting curves and the like. Generally speaking, I know Im after a 1/4” blade, but are there any that you’ve found work particularly well? Or is it just the same list of suspects (woodslicer, lenox and the like) that are the tops of people’s lists?

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#1 posted 442 days ago

For curvres in thinner wood (up to about 6”) I actually prefer a 3/16ths blade. It gives a tighter corner and turns just a bit better than a 1/4 does. I use a 4 – 6 tpi blade instead of the many blades you will find with more. It might give just a little rougher cut but moving it through the wood will be much easier.

Don’t forget to hone the backside of the blade with a stone and you will be rewarded with a corner cutting combination you will really like.

I have the same saw and love the 3/16ths blades.

My two cents.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 441 days ago

I really like the 3/16” blades as well. Mine are Sterling brand from Highland Woodworking Supply. They are unbelievably sharp and have lasted very well for me. Their 1/4” blades are good as well but it seemed that I always needed to cut just a tad smaller radius than they would cut.

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#3 posted 441 days ago

Can’t help ya with blade size. Just want to say I got a Rikon in April. Very nice tool. Yer gonna love it.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 441 days ago

Carter, the bandsaw accessory folks make decent, good value 1/8, 3/16 or 1/4 blades too. The Highland Hardware blades are good as gfadm recommended. Woodslicer blades are for resawing. Do not cut curves with a resaw blade or you will ruin it for resawing. Different blade widths for different cutting radii.( I think radii if the plural of radius?)

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#5 posted 441 days ago

I went to woodcraft yesterday to see what I could find in stock. No 3/16 blades around, so picked up a Timberwolf 1/4” for $30 (ouch). I’ll probably put in an order for a 3/16 blade from Highland Hardware as well. Thanks for the input everyone.

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