Grizzly G0513X2, which blades do you use the most?

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12-16-2013 01:38 PM

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Yesterday I ordered a Grizzly G0513X2 ( 17” band saw) .
In addition to 2×1/2” wood slicer,which common blades should I get?
Thank you for reading and for your help.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 01:47 PM

I have a 20” Grizzly G01258 and I use it primarily for resaw purposes. Ultimately what you plan on doing with the saw the most should dictate what blades you stock, that and how big of a problem it would be if you’re in the middle of a project and a specific blade breaks, as to whether or not to stock multiples. I’ve used blades from several sources and I would recommend staying away from the Grizzly blades, they’re cheap, but of the lowest quality I’ve experienced.

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 02:31 PM

I have my blades made by a local shop.
My question is which kind of blades do I need for everyday use in addition of wood slicers for re-saw.
Putting my question another way:
You who own a 17” band saw, which blades do you use the most?

-- Bert

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 03:07 PM

I have a smaller saw but I use it mostly for re-sawing 8” soft and hardwoods. I found the sharpest, longest lasting blades for me are Grizzly 5/8” carbide blades. Woodslicer blades work great but dull quickly.

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 03:10 PM

Thank you Jim

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 03:11 PM

1/4” 8tpi, 3/8” 6tpi, 1/2” 3tpi.


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#6 posted 12-16-2013 03:21 PM

Thank you Bill.
Which brand do you prefer?

-- Bert

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 03:34 PM

Bert if you send that new band saw directly to me, I will be happy to try out many different kinds of blades for it and let you know which one to use in 20 years or so. Just kidding, can’t help you with that but congratulations on the purchase. I’m really jealous

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 03:54 PM

Bert, I have the same saw as you, and upgraded a year ago from a smaller 12” saw. The blade that I keep on my Grizzly 0513 is a Lenox Woodmaster, 3/8” X 4 hook tooth. I used to run the 1/2” X 3 tooth blades on my old saw, and while they work well, I have found that the 3/8” blade is better for all around use due to it’s better turning radius. Also, the 4T Woodmaster has performed very well for re-sawing up to 8” hardwoods, so I rarely change it out. At .032”, the Lenox Woodmaster is a little thicker than some of the other blades mentioned above, so if you are re-sawing expensive wood, you may want to consider that. If you have someone who will weld blades for you, check Ebay for blade stock, you can save quite a bit. (See my blog for how to solder up your own blades)

I also have blades in 1” X 2 hook for heavy re-sawing and have used them to saw logs into cants. They are a wickedly aggressive blade and do a great job, but forget making any turns. They are .035” thick with a wide set and take a considerable kerf.

A while back I scored a deal on a coil of 3/8” X 6 hook tooth M42 bi-metal Do-All blade stock, and made up several blades. With the M42 teeth they should last almost forever before getting dull.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 04:27 PM

thank you for the offer Kaled, it is most generous of you.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 12-17-2013 02:33 AM

Bert, I have that same saw and love it! Depending on what you want to do I would recommend the following blades:

for resawing – Timberwolf 3/4” 2-3 tooth bi-metal (not cheap but lasts a long time and great cut quality with NO drift)

for curves – any decent quality 1/4” (6-14 TPI) blade will work well.

I bought a Carter Stabilizer and adapter for my saw and it does make changing small blades a snap and allows you to cut tighter radii.

Mark Dujinski’s Bandsaw Book is an excellent resource that helped me A LOT!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-17-2013 06:52 AM

I got the same bandsaw. Upgraded from Powermatic 14”
I use the following blade with good results.

Sterling 1/4”x.032”x4TPI X-tra Duty Carbon Blade

Sterling 3/8”x.032”x4TPI X-tra Duty Carbon Blade

Sterling 1/2”x.032”x3TPI X-tra Duty Carbon Blade
I also have a 3/4 3tpi (don’t remember brand)

I have the 3/8 in 90% of the time.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 01:38 PM

Thank you guy.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 12-17-2013 01:45 PM

I can tell you who I won’t be ordering from again. The blades were OK, no real problem, not outstanding. But…they persist in calling me about every three or four weeks begging for more orders. I’ve asked them numerous times to not call anymore, and they always “make a note”, then the calls keep coming. That alone is enough to make me not buy their product. They even call me on Sundays.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#14 posted 12-17-2013 01:51 PM

1/4” and 3/8” Olson MVP or All Pro blades for routine everyday work and 1/2” Woodslicers. I really like the Woodslicers for resaw work, but use them only for resawing due to the blade design. You will ruin the set on the teeth if you cut any type curved cut.

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#15 posted 12-17-2013 02:04 PM

Woodbum, wood slicer seem to dull very fast, what is your experience with them?

-- Bert

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