Bandsaw blades - Is the wood slicer ok to user for ripping and slight curves

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Forum topic by DW833 posted 07-10-2013 01:22 AM 1816 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2013 01:22 AM

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I’ve purchased a new Grizzly 14 inch band saw with riser kit. Now I want to purchase new blades for it. My first choice is the wood slicer. That blade is considered a resaw blade. Could I also use it for ripping and slight curves?
If that blade is only for resawing, I’ll get it and the timber wolf 3/16 for curves.

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 01:31 AM

It will work for slight curves but I like to do only straight cuts with my resaw blades as they tend to drift worse after cutting curves.

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 01:34 AM

Depends on your definition of “slight” curves. Heck, you can cut slight curves with a 10-inch table saw blade. You can also cut slight curves with a regular “hand saw”, often when trying to cut a straight line, especially if the teeth are duller on one side.

Back to the bandsaw. The wider the blade, the bigger will be the smallest diameter you can cut without burning the wood on the back side of the bandsaw blade. When I put a new size (width) blade on a bandsaw, the first thing I do is grab a reasonably thin piece of wood and crowd it to cut the smallest circle possible. That “test” then helps determine which projects are possible with that blade.

Many resaw blades are more expensive than narrower blades. I’d buy two or three blades and save the resaw blade for it’s intended purpose. You can cut 98 percent of what you intend to cut with a 1/4-inch blade. A 3/8 would be my second choice. You can go a limited amount of resawing with a 1/2-inch blade, but often the teeth are too close together, forcing you to go really slow, and chancing to overheat the blade.

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 01:50 AM

Resaw blades are for…...resawing. 1/4” for curves. Resaw blades are not fond of curves.

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 02:24 AM

a 1/2” blade can give you a 2.5” radius cut.

depending on how often and what radii you are planning on cutting – I would keep the woodslicer as dedicated resaw blade and get another narrower blade for radius work

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#5 posted 07-10-2013 02:40 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll stick with resawing for the wood slicer.

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#6 posted 07-10-2013 03:27 AM

It’s a spendy blade for general work.

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 07:09 PM

I personally dedicate a 1/2” Woodslicer blade for resawing and nothing else. I have a Jet 14” bandsaw If you try and cut curves with it, the teeth will lose their factory produced set and wander like hell forever more when trying to use it again as a resaw blade. My fellow Okie gfadvm had it right. Get smaller and cheaper blades for curved cuts , width depending on the radii of the desired curves. IMHO, the Woodslicer, when set up according to their instructions, is the best resaw blade out there for the money. Take care of it and it will last you a long time. (long being a relative term in the world of bandsaw blades)

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 09:41 PM

HWW have a great selection of bandsaw blades and got a blade from there. Haltbar for rough work. It’s easier for you to purchase custom blade.

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