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Forum topic by Dan Corbin posted 01-09-2014 06:39 PM 1322 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2014 06:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw blade

What bandsaw blade(s) do you use? Width, thickness, tooth-per-inch (TPI), and tooth style? And what do you use each blade for?

I just recently got a new bandsaw (a Rikon 10-325) so I have been looking at new blades for it. I want to be able to do just about everything on it, but I am absolutely daunted by how many different combinations there are out there! So I thought that maybe you guys could chime in with your thoughts!

For resawing, I am seeing that a 3/4” wide 3 TPI blade seems to be pretty standard (the only thing I wish this bandsaw could do is accept a 1” wide blade). And I’m guessing that a 1/8” wide, 1/4” wide, and 1/2” wide blade would be beneficial, but I have no idea how many TPI to get in those.


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#1 posted 01-09-2014 07:10 PM

I just ordered a 1/2” woodslicer blade from highland woodworking for resawing. On their resawing tutorial PDF Guide Highland Woodworking recommends against a 3/4” blade for resawig.

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 07:19 PM

Sometimes you just can’t get enough tension on the really wide blades, ie a 1 inch blade requires twice as much force to have the proper tension as a half inch blade does.

I think the rule of thumb is you want atleast 2 to 3 teeth in the wood at any one time to get a decent cut.

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 07:23 PM

I have the 1/2” Woodslicer on my Jet 14” saw, and it does a fantastic job; clean cuts, very little drift. For my 3/4 HP saw, I think the extra drag of a 3/4” blade could be an issue. The 1/2” works great.

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#4 posted 01-09-2014 08:20 PM

Dan – makes a lot of difference on blade choice depending on what you are doing. I also have the 10-325.
For example I am using a 3/16” 4 tpi skip from Iturra Design for my bandsaw boxes. Works much better than higher tooth count for boxes about 5” thick.
Louis Iturra told me that the 1/4” is kind of a standard blade for a lot of people (not for resawing).
Don’t know how much I’d use a 1/8” since I also use the Carter Stabilizer for my tighter curves.

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 08:47 PM

Depends on the application
Resawing-Woodslicer 1/2” blade from Highland Hardware
All purpose 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 or 1/2” Olson MVP or All Pro depending on the smallest radii to be cut.

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 09:47 PM

I have the same saw and carry the following:

2×1/2” woodslicer resaw blades for – resawing (duh!)
2×1/8” tight curves blade (also from highlandwoodworking) for well… tight curves.

the saw should be adequate to handle a 3/4” blade from a power perspective. the reason many shy away from 3/4” blades on 14” saws is not the power- but the smaller wheel diameter which causes the blades to bend beyond their intended purpose. so it’s the blade that is the culprit and not the saw/motor.

I hear also good things about the timberwolf resaw 3/4” blades which supposedly are installed with a lower tension then normal blades so the above limitation might be less significant and could be doable resulting in a more true cut (no personal experience though)

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 10:04 PM

I use: 1/4” 8 tpi., 3/8” 6 tpi, and 1/2” 3 tpi for most work.
I fortunate to have a BS blade supplier locally.
I have used the Woodslicer in the past with good results. The combo tooth config. is good.


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#8 posted 01-09-2014 10:24 PM

“The general rule is that fewer teeth per inch provide a faster, but rougher cut; and more teeth per inch provide a smoother, but slower cut.” I would use 6TPI blade for 1/2” thick wood.

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 11:04 PM

95% of the time! I have a 1/2” 3 tpi blade installed, for light duty resawing and general bandsaw work. If I am going to be doing a lot of resawing on wider boards, I’ll switch out to a wider blade. I also have some narrow blades (i.e. 1/4” 6 tpi) on hand for scrolling, which I don’t do much of.

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