Quick Bandsaw blade change?

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I’m sure the answer is no, and that I should stop whining, but I’ll ask anyway.

For a number of reasons I keep a 1/2” blade in my bandsaw much of the time, but I need to change the blade for a curved cut today. Changing the blade, with requisite changes in the bearings, etc., is a pain for such a short job.

Have you learned anything from your experience on how to make a quicker blade change?

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#1 posted 222 days ago

Buy a second saw

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#2 posted 222 days ago

I feel your whine.

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#3 posted 222 days ago

+1 MedicKen.

On some saws the blade comes out a slot in the front
of the table and I have found it easier to change blades
on these saws than the ones with the slot to the side.

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#4 posted 222 days ago

Like you, most of my cuts are made with a 1/2” 3 tpi blade. It resaws well, and will cut a gentle curve.
For tighter radius cuts, I decide if it’s worth the time to change blades. If not, I just grab the jigsaw.

Sometimes you can get away with cutting a curve with a 1/2” or 3/8” blade, as long as you make relief cuts.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 222 days ago

I went ahead and out the 1/4 blade on, and since I had spent so much time working with it on last blade change, it actually went pretty quickly.

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#6 posted 222 days ago

I thought about the jig saw, but I was cutting 2” square legs. TS blades are so much easier.

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#7 posted 222 days ago

Go to You Tube and watch bandsaw setup by Alex Snoggrass.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 222 days ago

I have—that’s why I am as good as I am at it ;-).

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#9 posted 221 days ago

I find it easier to change blades if I remove the table.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#10 posted 221 days ago

Take all the guides off and throw them in a lake. Buy a Carter stabilizer.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#11 posted 221 days ago

I change blades fairly often. I try to resist the temptation to use my Woodslicer resaw blade for lots of other cuts. I have found that I can do the change much faster after a few years of practice.

I no longer worry too much about the tension. I have learned what the blade should sound like when I give it a pluck. For the thrust and side bearings, I spin one of the wheels, turn the bearing in until it just touches the blade (starts spinning) and then turn it out until it stops touching (stops spinning). This is also a good test of the front-to-back positioning of the side bearings. If they are too far forward, there is a distinctive sound as the teeth gently hit the bearing.

My saw has a quick-release de-tensioner. That probably helps too.

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#12 posted 220 days ago

Have to be honest…use my big Grizzly mainly for resawing with a 1\2” blade or wider, and have a much cheaper PC from Lowes that normally runs a 1\8” or 1\4”. Over time, the PC pays for itself. Only restriction would be needing a 1\4” or less blade with a throat larger than 14”, which almost never happens.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#13 posted 220 days ago

I also change out blades often…I like building Band saw boxes, and yes it can be a pain. I have old Harbor Freight BS that I am adding a riser kit from Delta and a new Carter stabilizer to in hopes I can keep the 1/2” wood slicer on it and use the Delta for finer blades.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#14 posted 220 days ago

I have a 37 year old craftsman bandsaw that I paid 65.00 for then put 85.00 carter stabilizer guide on it. It does all my curved cutting with either a 3/16 or 1/4” blade. Keep the woodslicer on my big ShopFox. Sure does speed up the processes and keeps me from cussing.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#15 posted 220 days ago

Okay, I’ll bite. I have a newer craftsman 12” and I’ve set it up pretty carefully and replaced the side bearings. What do I get by adding carter stabilizer?

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