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Forum topic by Ron Ford posted 210 days ago 735 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Ford

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210 days ago

First off, a Happy New Year to my fellow Lumberjocks! May 2014 be a year of peace, prosperity, health and many successful projects for us all.

The annual Woodworking Show will be here in Baltimore this weekend and I am very much looking forward to it. Among the items I’ll be shopping for are blades for my 14” Rikon bandsaw. It uses 111” blades and I have been using 3/8” wide, 3 or 4 tpi blades as my primary use is cutting bowl blanks from green wood and also some resawing. My primary supplier has been Timberwolf and I’ve been very satisfied with their performance, but both they and Carter will be available at the show. I know Carter Products has a great name, but has anyone used their blades? If you have used both brands and have feedback, that would be even better.

Thanks again to all for the great knowledge and sharing this site provides. I look forward to another year of inspiration from all of you.

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.


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Danpaddles

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#1 posted 210 days ago

I bought a Carter blade for resaw last year at our show. I love it! lasting longer than any blade I have had. Still cuts straight as an arrow too. And I seem to recall, it was not real expensive.

I have used Timberwolfs, they make you jump thru hoops to tension they way they like. I did not get a spectacular life from them, although as I recall they did cut straight.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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toolie

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#2 posted 210 days ago

Lennox blades from iturra design. That’ll tell you two things. First, how really average/substandard timber wolf blades are. Second, with a good Lennox from iturra, you’ll get a pleasant surprise at just how good that 325 really is when equipped with a really good blade.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Ron Ford

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#3 posted 210 days ago

Thanks for the feedback from each of you.

Toolie – I’m not finding a source for the Lennox blades you recommended. Do you by any chance have a link you can share?

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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wncguy

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#4 posted 210 days ago

Ron – Iturra Design is in Florida & they don’t have a web site. Phone # is (904) 642-2802, you’ll probably talk to Louis Iturra directly. He’s very helpful & good amount of knowledge. I should add that if you do call, request a catalog- it’s full of good info along with their products.

I’ve been very happy with blades I get from them for my 10-325. Just ordered some more & he also sent a replacement for one I had that broke at weld.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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Rob

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#5 posted 210 days ago

I bought 4 Carter blades about 6 months ago and couldn’t be happier.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#6 posted 210 days ago

I was not happy with my Carter blades, and have been more happy with the Timberwolf. The timberwolf cuts straight, I can resaw w/o a problem. I was unable to resaw with the Carter, it wandered, barrelled, dulled quicker than the TW. I still have some Carters unopened if that’s an indication.

I am curious now about the Lenox blades after reading the comments above.

-- Jeff NJ

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toolie

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#7 posted 210 days ago

End guy….......thanks. Lou is a great source of BS information, and no where near as pompous as Duginske.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Charlie75

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#8 posted 210 days ago

I have used Carter almost exclusively and have had to issues with them. Never used Timberwolf so I can’t vouch for them.
Ron, what kind of cut do you get with your 3 or 4 tooth blades? I have been thinking about getting a couple of 3/8 blades but not sure which tpi count to get.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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Ron Ford

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#9 posted 210 days ago

Thanks everyone. Sounds like there are multiple good choices to be had.

Charlie – The 3 and 4 tpi blades leave a “serrated” edge kind of cut, but when I cut bowl blanks it gets turned away and doesn’t matter. Also, when I resaw I am going to plane the pieces then run them through my Jet drum sander anyway, so in neither situation is the resulting edge an issue for me. Hope that helps.

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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cutworm

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#10 posted 210 days ago

1+ Carter. I read good things about Timberwolf too. I’m sure either will serve you well.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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