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ohtimberwolf

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01-27-2014 01:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jet band saw band saw blade local

I need a blade to cut generally faster and also use for some re-sawing and don’t know what I should buy. I have a JWBS-14 Jet and I think it uses a 93 ½ inch blade but not sure as I don’t have (or can’t find) the manual.

Suggestions are quite welcome as to what to buy as well as where to buy.
I would like local if possible. We have a Lowes, a Sears and there is a HD about 20 miles away. Larry

I found these Lenox on line but would like to buy one today.

Diemaster 2 0.50 (1/2 in.) 0.025 4 tpi $32.94

Flex Back 0.50 (1/2 in.) 0.025 4 tpi $14.13

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.


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hydro

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 02:04 PM

You will get a TON of replies on this, with everyone’s favorite brand, so I will not comment on manufacturers.

I will, give you a couple of tips on geometry. With a 14” saw I would stick to blade thicknesses of .032” or less, and there are a lot of good options out there. Blade width will be in the 3/8” to 1/2” range mostly depending on how tight radius work you want to do. A 1/2” wide blade does not like to turn tight corners and the 3/8” will be better in that aspect. Since you mentioned resawing, I would choose a 3 or 4 tooth/inch (TPI) blade with a hook profile tooth. That will give plenty of gullet space for chips, and the hook angle will resaw nicely. If you want a slightly smoother cut, you may try a skip tooth profile. I personally do not use those and have never had issue with the cut from the hook profile teeth.

For a 93 1/2” blade, you will find an almost limitless online shopping store and many manufacturers to choose from. Get a couple of different blades and give them a try. Make your own decision as to which works best for what you are doing.

BTW, I am currently running a 3/8” 4TPI blade and it has been a good all around choice, including resawing up to 8” maple.

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

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 02:15 PM

Thanks for the info as I had no idea a 3/8 inch blade would be ok for resawing. I might find one of those local. We do have a Menards about 33 miles away.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 02:43 PM

Do yourself a favor and buy online. The 66 mile round trip plus local sales tax could be as much as the new blade.

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

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 02:51 PM

Yeah, I might save that trip until I want to also go to HF, Sam’s and Golden C or CiCi’s. I’ll try Lowes today when I get the nerve to go out in this crazy cold.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 03:31 PM

Don’t let the weather stop you, -20 here and windy, and I have to drive south to Madison, WI today. Letter rip!

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

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 03:35 PM

I feel for you!!!

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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