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Purrmaster

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03-15-2014 05:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw bandsaw

My Grizzly G0555 bandsaw should be arriving within a week or so. This will be my first bandsaw. I know I’ll need to get some blades for the thing. Probably two or three.

First thing off, the blade length listed in the manual is 93 and 1/2 inches. Does that mean I can only use blades of that exact length?

What are some good blade types to have to start out? I figure I’ll need at least one blade for cutting curves. I don’t foresee a need for resawing.

I’ve read differing opinions on whether bi-metal blades (or carbide tipped) blades are any better than regular steel blades? Suggestions?

I apologize for the vagueness of the post but I don’t know a lot about bandsaws. I am reading Mr. Duginske’s “Band Saw Handbook” but am finding it rather overwhelming.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 02:54 PM

I use 3 sizes on my 0555LX.
1/4” 8tpi, 3/8” 6tpi, and 1/2” 3 tpi.
Standard old blades from a local shop that cuts and welds blades for the furniture industry. Nothing exotic.
They work well for me.
All are 93 1/2”.
Bill

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fuigb

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 04:47 PM

Go with manufacturer’s spec length unless you are prepared to horse around replacing wheels to accommodate longer or shorter blades.

Have a saw shop nearby? A decent one will carry coil stock and then custom-make one to your need, and for less than retail in every store.

To start get one each in 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2. Bought the way I suggested this will run you about 30 bucks. Experiment. Have fun. And in time you will discover the pluses and minuses of each for your various combinations of task and material.

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knotheadswoodshed

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 04:55 PM

you could try this,

http://www.spectrumsupply.com/kerfmaster-2.aspx

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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hydro

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 05:06 PM

93 1/2” blades are a very common standard size and any supplier will have them. Grizzly has Timberwolf brand blades and they have good reviews. Buying custom welded blades is not really necessary unless you have a good source very close by, since the gas to drive to get them will be more than shipping from an online store.

Stay away from carbide tipped or bi-metal blades unless you have work that demands their hardness or longevity. They are VERY expensive and difficult to cost justify.

Bill’s recommendation for blade sizes/tooth count is a great place to start.

If you ever want to try making up your own blades from coil stock, read this: http://lumberjocks.com/hydro/blog

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Purrmaster

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 09:30 PM

Thank you for the replies.

I came across this website: http://www.mwells.org/woodworking/bandsaw/choosing-bandsaw-blades

Which is why I was asking about bi-metal blades. This fellow seems to imply that bi-metal blades are simpler to use and maintain than regular steel blades. I looked at the prices on carbide blades and was kind of shocked.

1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 were actually the sizes I was thinking of acquiring. I’m kind of reluctant to get very expensive blades at the start. I figure there’s a decent chance I’ll do something stupid and damage or break the blades.

And I thought table saw blades were complicated…

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 10:26 PM

The “Page Captures” Below are from Lee Valley. These are Excellent Blades.

I WOULD Buy the Best Blades you can afford.

They Last Longer (3 to 4 Times Longer), Cut Better and will Stay Sharp Longer. These Blades will also cut a lot Smoother than other blades. They come with the Back Edge already Rounded which helps a LOT on Tighter Cuts and eliminates “Back Edge Wood Burn” on any type of cut.

All of the blades Below come in the size You require 93-1/2”.

This is the LINK HERE if you want go and have a look Yourself. They also have a “Tutorial” on how to Fold a Band Saw Blade. That ALONE is worth The Visit!! ...LOL..

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Hope It Helps.

Rick

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 10:59 PM

I have a GO555 with a riser. I use this band saw 99% for re-sawing so I use 5/8” carbide blades from Grizzly. Woodslicer blades work very well for re-sawing also but do not last very long before dulling.

-- In God We Trust

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Purrmaster

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#8 posted 03-16-2014 01:44 AM

What do you use for non-resawing operations? Ripping, crosscuts, curves, etc?

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Loren

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#9 posted 03-16-2014 02:07 AM

Do you want an economical solution that gets the job done
or do you want the top performance with no regard to price?

I use a 1/4” blade mostly on my main band saw. I have a dedicated
resaw that takes a very wide blade and has weird guides that make
it not so suited to narrower blades. 3/8” blades cut straighter
than 1/4” blades, and they can have lower tpi which helps for
cutting speed and chip clearance in thicker stock. In a pinch resawing
can be done with a 3/8” blade and some people even do it
with 1/4” blades, but the blade has to be real sharp.

A 3/8” blade can do some mild curves. Scrollwork is out, but a
1/4” blade isn’t much good for scrollwork either. 1/8” and
narrower blades break before the wear out in my experience.

I solder up my own blades from coil stock… one of the better
tooling decisions I’ve made.

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#10 posted 03-16-2014 02:22 AM

My Pleasure!

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 03-16-2014 07:07 AM

I don’t know what kind of blades Grizzly puts on their BSs now, but years ago when I bought one of their older model 18” saws, I tried using the blade it came with for a while. It cut slowly and drifted all over the place when resawing. Then I tried a good blade (Timberwoolf, I think, though it didn’t have a label on it). Made a world of difference.

Since there is some adjustability in the upper wheel, blades can be a little shorter or longer than 93 1/2”, but that seems to be the standard for most 14” bandsaws.

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#12 posted 03-16-2014 07:11 AM

Check Paul’s (shipwright) latest blog. He mentioned on in there cutting veneer.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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RandyinFlorida

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#13 posted 03-16-2014 01:49 PM

Purrmaster,

Fuigb suggested a 1/8” blade. Check the spec’s on your saw. My 0555X will not accept a 1/8 blade. I think it has to do with block guides vs roller guides.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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Purrmaster

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#14 posted 03-16-2014 09:16 PM

I think this saw has roller guides. So it may accept a 1/8 inch blade.

I guess I’m looking for a pretty good solution. Not a cheap one but I certainly can’t disregard price..

I’m assuming that the blade Grizzly includes will probably be crap and will need to be replaced pretty fast.

From what you guys are telling me I’m leaning against bi-metal and more towards plain steel blades. I think carbide is out of my price range.

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