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Forum topic by danofpaco posted 03-23-2014 08:58 AM 1711 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2014 08:58 AM

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Are the Timberwolf bandsaw blades that everyone talks about getting from Suffolk Machinery the same as the Timberwolf blades that Woodcraft carries? It’s quicker for me just to stop by my local Woodcraft than to order online if that is the case.

Thanks for any info!

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 11:07 AM

AFAIK, it’s the same brand of blades. Suffolk custom cuts the blades to what your saw takes….not sure if Woodcraft does. Suffolk also used to offer a “443” deal to new customers….4 blades for the price of 3.

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 12:03 PM

+1. And the reason they offer that 4 for the price of 3 blades is that they aren’t terribly good blades. My initial foray into t-wolf blades resulted in all 4 newly purchased blades having misaligned welds. I go with blades from iturra, and I’ve seen many favorable comments about wood slicers from highland WW.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 02:36 PM

No complaints with the 3 timberwolf blades for my 10” craftsman bandsaw.

toolie, you may have gotten a bad batch.

When I get my 14” bandsaw I’ll grab some ittura blades and a woodslicer or two for resawing though.

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 04:00 PM

My BS is a humble 12” that I don’t push real hard. The Timberwolf blades were a huge improvement over the stock blades….other than that I really have nothing to compare them to. Any other BS blades I’ve used were on a much bigger machine, so it’s an apples to oranges comparison. I am due for some new blades, so maybe I’ll expand my repertoire!

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 04:05 PM

Not a fan of TW blades for resawing. They dull way to fast. Less than 60 LF of 6” wide mesquite and mine was unusable.
Maybe those with larger machines (longer blades=fewer times each tooth cuts) have better luck.

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 04:44 PM

I used TW blades for a while. I had several break at the weld and welds that were misaligned. Dulled very fast in the harder woods.

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#7 posted 03-23-2014 05:29 PM

I can’t speak for the other brands of blades, but Starrett blades have worked extremely well for me. The welded joint is completely invisible and perfectly aligned. It is truly a one piece blade with no bumps as it runs through the guides. I’ve had mine made up by WT tools and I don’t know who welds them up. I use 105” long blades.

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#8 posted 03-23-2014 07:08 PM

Thanks for the info and feedback, guys. I’m surprised about some of the the feedback on the Timberwolf blades, there seems to be a lot of high opinions about them on this site. I’ll look into some of the other options as well.

MrRon, is the WT Tools you speak of ? They have two options there, the Starrett Powerband Matrix II and something simply called Starrett Welded Bandsaw Blades – although I could not find a 105” options, as that’s what I’ll be looking for too. Do you have to contact them directly for custom welded lengths?

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#9 posted 03-23-2014 07:13 PM

For some reason it seems like there is a lot more variation of opinion on bandsaw blades than table saw blades. I wonder if it’s not because the performance of bandsaw blades depends so much on how much tension is on the blade and how the saw is set up. So one person may get great performance on a TimberWolf blade and the next person may get really poor performance. Another blade on the same set of saws may have the opposite results. With a table saw, all you got to do is tighten the nut.

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#10 posted 03-23-2014 07:57 PM

I have had great results with woodslicer blades from highland woodworking.

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#11 posted 03-23-2014 08:23 PM

Right on Charles. Band saws are finicky, and set up variables, are a significant part of the performance equation…however, a bad weld is a bad weld. I personally love my TW, but I’ve heard many folks gripe about the welds over the last year or so.

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#12 posted 03-23-2014 09:07 PM

I just put a 1/4 inch Timberwolf blade on my new Grizzly bandsaw. It cuts much better than the blade that shipped with the saw. Which doesn’t really mean anything.

I’d like to see some head to head comparisons of Timberwolf vs other brands of blades. I think Timberwolf blades are good but I wonder if they are over hyped or simply the blade people use get out of inertia.

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