Band saw blades. Which one to use?

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Forum topic by JReed3 posted 09-18-2013 05:29 PM 2490 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2013 05:29 PM

I have used my Ridged BS saw for several years and decided it was time for a new one. My Laguna 14 SUV will be delivered tomorrow. In the past, I used the band saw for very minor cutting, nothing really significant. Recently I started using my BS a lot more and decided to take the next step up.

Is there a rule of thumb to use to determine which width bandsaw blade should be used for what you want to do?

What width would be the best one to use for resawing?

I see the manual for the Laguana shows the minimum being 1/16” with the maximum being 1”.

Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 05:42 PM

If you’re going to be doing tight radius scroll work a 1/8” blade would work great, a 1/16” blade would be for doing very, very tight radius work, and it would be rather fragile as well. For resaw work, get the widest blade you can, in your case 1”. I use a 1 1/4” x 0.042” blade with 1.3 TPI and it works very well when sharp, not so much when dull. A 1/4” or 3/8” blade will be good to keep on the saw if you know your primary work will be cutting curves in wood that’s not too thick. I haven’t used one, but I have seen the results and review of the Laguna blades and they seem great, no idea on the price though. I’ve used cheap blades and even if they’re almost free, they still cost more than they’re worth in aggravation alone. Timberwolf makes good blades in sizes that will accomplish whatever task is in front of you.

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 05:55 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. This is what I was looking for.

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 05:58 PM

I own an 18” Laguna, the larger version of the saw you speak of. I have also used the 14SUV. If you want to resaw, buy a 3/4” Wood Slicer from Highland Woodworking. It is a thin blade (.022 in) and works well on these saws. Even though your saw is listed up to a 1” blade, I found that you will have difficulty getting enough tension on a 1” blade. I get excellent results with the 3/4” Wood Slicer.

-- Larry in NC

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 06:19 PM

Plus 1 for the 3/4” Woodslicer. I own the Grizzly 0513X2b and it is a bear to put a 1” blade on that thing. A 3/4” almost slides right on. All my resawing is done with 3/4”, mostly 3 TPI, no problems.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 07:30 PM

For resawing you want a wide blade, say 3/4” – 1” or larger and 2 to 4 tpi.

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 07:49 PM

This is a good chart for reference in regard to the smallest radius curve cuts you can make per blade width:

for resawing you generally want to use the widest blade your saw is capable of using. keep in mind that some 14” saws claim that they can run 3/4” and 1” blades – and while the frame and wheels may be capable of sustaining such wide blades, most times, the blades are just not pliable enough to turn the smaller 14” diameter of the wheels on these saws so the culprit would be the blade and not the saw. 1/2” – 5/8” seems to be the sweet spot for resawing on a 14” saw.

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 11:48 PM

PurpLev took the words right out of my mouth and found the chart already!
The blade you choose has to be able to cut the radius you are cutting .
I use a 1/4-10 industrial blade on my saw almost all the time. With a sharp blade, I can cut out big bowl blanks for turning and even resaw with it. I have a 1”-3tpi resaw blade and only used it one since I can get by with the 1/4” one doing almost everything I need. I do switch the 1/4” blades out when I’m cutting Corian or aluminum. I put a used blade on for that and save the sharp ones for wood only.
..........Congraulations on getting that new saw, you’ll love it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 01:39 AM

PurpLev’s chart answers the first question perfectly.

For resawing, I think you will really like the Timberwolf 3/4” , 2-3 TPI blade. Horizontal Mike may have reviewed this blade previously. It’s a little pricy but a quality resaw blade.

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