Review of Starrett band saw blade

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Forum topic by MrRon posted 09-10-2013 12:36 AM 741 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2013 12:36 AM

I bought this blade a year ago and just now getting around to using it. At first glance, you cannot see where the ends were joined. It is a 1/2”, 3-tooth blade sold under the name “Woodpecker”. You have to order them and have them welded to the length you require; in my case, 105”. I mounted it on a 14” Rigdid BS; made all the necessary adjustments; attached a fence, that I aligned to the blade using a tape measure. I took a piece of oak that was lying around and ran it through. I measured the piece with a micrometer and got .920” at one end and .921” at the other end. This was just a quick set-up, but it demonstrates the precision of the Starrett blade. I haven’t tried timberwolf or wood slicer blades. I’m satisfied with the Starrett blade. As I said in other posts, the most important factor of any BS blade is at the weld joint. It must be perfectly smooth as it runs past the guides. If the gap between guides get greater than the initial setting, (.003” to .005”) using cool blocks, the blocks will move away from the blade in order to clear a bad weld; resulting in blade drift. Check the welded joint on your blade and if it stands out promenantly, don’t expect it to cut properly. I got my blade from WT Tool, but it is available from other industrial suppliers.

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