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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 03-24-2014 04:37 AM 565 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OldWrangler

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03-24-2014 04:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw blades

I seem to be using my band saw for more and more projects. I have one of the 25 y/o Rockwell 14” that has been upgraded over and over. It has good roller guides, urethane tires, better tension spring, tire brush and about anything else you can do to improve on an old design. It has the old bolted on wheel covers that make blade changing more of a chore than it should be.

My question is what are your opinions on the best blades to use. I want something that will outlast all the others. I have been getting real good service from the Timberwolf brand but I have found the Vermont/American, Olsen , Laguna and others to be far inferior. I keep seeing ads for high carbon blades that are suppose to last longer and cut smoother but at 3 blades for $30 makes me wonder how good they can be.

What experience do you have and what do you advise. I am ready to restock and will be ordering about 10 new blades of different sizes. This is no little investment at around $25 a blade. Let me know what experience you have, especially you band saw box makers. Thanks

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason


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#1 posted 03-24-2014 03:00 PM

I use Timberwolf and have found them to last very well for the 1000’s of feet per year I feed through my bandsaw every year without a blade change. They offer a carbide tipped version and IMHO I would try one of those before anyone else due to the servacabilty of their standard blades.

Have you talked with them concerning your application to determine if there might be a better blade for your application? I purchase mine from Suffolk Machinery and they very helpful.

Keep us posted as to your findings.

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 03:20 PM

I’d stick with what is working for you. I am also a Timberwolf fan. I have tried several different brands in search of a good deal, and I haven’t found one that I like better than Timberwolf. The cost savings have not been worth the frustration. Every once in a while they run a sale, so you might want to buy just what you really need for now and watch for a bit to see if they have a spring sale. Also, you might ask them if they will give you a price break for buying so many at a time. Worth a shot.

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 03:27 PM

I have had good luck with the Olson Pro series blades. The Woodslicer from Highland Woodworking are supposed to be great too.

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 05:54 PM

I use Starrett blades welded up by special order. Their welds are the best I have ever seen; invisible and perfectly aligned.

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 06:55 PM

I’m new to bandsawing, but I just got three different sizes of Sterling blades from Circlesaw.com and they are very good. Bimetal, nice smooth welds, inexpensive($16-18), reasonable shipping charges. Can’t speak to their longevity. Shipwright and others recommended them.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 06:56 PM

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I just pulled a Starrett off this morning after only 3 small band saw boxes. I wasn’t impressed but there are bad ones in every batch. I have tried the Olsen Pro but they are expensive, more than the Timberwolf so I might as well stay with the TW. And in checking the carbide blades, they are all in the $65 to $85 range which is not in my budget.

Anyone know of a deal on TW blades. Sometimes they crop up on Ebay but aren’t much of a deal except when shipping is free. I’ll keep looking qand listening and let you know if I find out something good.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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OldWrangler

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 07:27 PM

Found some Olsen Hard Edge blades in my size for $11.00 with free shipping. Anybody know if the “Hard Edge” means anything or is just a name?

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 07:32 PM

I tried the Vermont American and the Bosch, and had the same results as you…junk. I keep 3 sizes of TW blades, the regular ones, and they handle all my bandsaw needs from resawing to curves, but I don’t do enough on the bandsaw to warrant more blades. But I am extremely happy with the ones I have.

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 07:36 PM

I use my 14” Rikon frequently, often for cutting out thick bowl blanks for turning. I like the Timberwolf blades but actually give the Carter blades a slight edge (no pun intended!). I also upgraded my guide bearings to Carter and it made a world of difference in accuracy.

Ron

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

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OldWrangler

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 08:12 PM

I just checked on Carter blades and while the price is like $13, they charge more than that for ground shipping with FedEx. Ron, do you have a place you can buy them cheaper? I would really like to try one but Woodcraft charges $26 and Carter charges $13 + $13 shipping = $26. So what’s the deal?

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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Ron Ford

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 08:51 PM

I had bought a number of Carter blades when the Woodworking Show was in this area in January, so I didn’t have to pay shipping. I feel your pain on that issue – it seems like a lot of items you can get online are attractively priced until you add in the freight charge.

Ron

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

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OldWrangler

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#12 posted 03-25-2014 01:00 AM

And it’s not only the shipping but they generally tack on a handling charge that is more. Most times if the price is real low, it is because they have jacked up the S & H and that’s where they make their money. Some kind of “bit & switch”. I may just pick one up at Woodworkers just to see how good it performs. Thanks

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#13 posted 03-27-2014 10:32 AM

I don’t mind paying for shipping, but I expect to be handled for free.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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