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Forum topic by jtm posted 05-06-2014 06:45 AM 4363 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtm

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05-06-2014 06:45 AM

Hi all,

I picked up a Laguna 1412 this past weekend. I haven’t had the chance to put it together yet, but I need to order a couple of blades. (the 1412 does not include a blade)

I’d like to get a resaw blade and a decent general purpose bandsaw blade for curved cuts, etc…

I know Laguna makes the Resaw King, but I’d rather not drop $150 on a blade for my first foray into the wonderful world of resawing. I’m not worried about perfectly smooth cuts, as I have a drum sander and can run the pieces through that after resawing.

Based on my research, it seems like the Woodslicer blades get fairly decent reviews. I was thinking about picking up a 3/4” blade. Does this seem like a reasonable purchase?

As far as general purpose blades, I have no idea what to get. Do I buy 1/2” or 1/4” or 1/8”? How many TPI? What brand blade should I get?

Thanks in advance!


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pauljuilleret

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 09:57 AM

I got my 14 12 in March and I got three blades with it it takes a 115” blade what I got was Laguna blades a 3/8 Proforce blade that i have on the saw now looks like a real good blade so far. Then I also got a 5/8 Shearforce blade and the 3/4 resaw king blade I have yet to use the later two blades the resaw king is pricy but it can also be resharpened so that initial cost can be spread out a bit. I have no regrets on buying this saw plus at the time wood werks had them on sale you can contact them as they were a big help. good luck and enjoy your saw. Paul

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Rick

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 11:36 PM

Anything Here That Might Be Of Use From Lee Valley?

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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pmayer

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#3 posted 05-10-2014 01:28 PM

Congrats on a great saw; love mine. A Timberwolf 1/2” 3TPI blade is a good versatile blade that does a good job on resawing and can be used for moderate curves with some relief cutting along the way. You will want a higher TPI for cutting thin material, and a narrower blade for scroll work, but for most furniture projects you will be pleased to just leave the 1/2” 3TPI on the saw.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#4 posted 03-23-2018 01:16 AM

I’ve been told (and read) that the Kerfmaster is made by the people who make the Wood Slicer before it’s repackaged and sold for more and is thus a great buy.

Just got a 1412 2 weeks ago when they were on sale. Got a Resaw King and the Laguna 1/2” and 1/4”, again, mainly because they were on sale. But…holy cow!! That RK cuts like a dream. I called Laguna customer service to ask a question and complimented them on the saw and told them about the youtube vid I uploaded. They sent me a free RK which is like 2 for the price of one! Considering that they are re-sharpenable I think I’m in good shape as far as that goes.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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BandsawJeff

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#5 posted 03-23-2018 12:52 PM

Check this youtube video out. Ethan does an awesome job explaining different blade and where to use them.
Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ-33ZN49os&t=34s

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#6 posted 03-23-2018 05:50 PM



Check this youtube video out. Ethan does an awesome job explaining different blade and where to use them.
Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ-33ZN49os&t=34s

- BandsawJeff


Good video. Anybody with the username BandsawJeff should be listened to. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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BattleRidge

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#7 posted 03-23-2018 10:59 PM

I have the Laguna 18BX and while my saw might be a little larger, the general blade selection can be similar.

For resaw, I went with the Laguna Resaw King and while my saw is rated for up to a 1-1/4” blade, I prefer not to work in the upper limits of my equipment’s capacities and thus went with a 1” blade width. The RK gives a superior and smooth cut and I expect to get many years of service, particularly with the ability to resharpen as needed, and in the end I don’t expect the cost to really be much above going through several cheaper blades. This blade came directly from Laguna.

As a sidenote, I am preparing to dismantle a former one-room schoolhouse and repurpose the wood (much is a full 8/4 thickness). While I will be checking the wood for nails, I realize that some may be missed and am planning on obtaining a less-expensive blade for resawing questionable wood (at least until I am confident that an errant nail won’t be a concern). I am still researching my choice for this blade but in my notes thus far, I have seen comments about the Woodslicer blade dulling more quickly, and overall the Timberwolf seems to receive good reviews, though I have seem some good comments on blades from sawblade.com which are less expensive.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a good-quality blade (Timberwolf, etc.), then add the RK later if you find yourself doing a lot of resaw work or find your first blade not quite doing everything you want. If you get a 3/4” blade, you can see how well the saw tensions it and the cut performance before investing in something more expensive.

My other two blades are the Lenox Diemaster 2 – one is a 1/2” 4tpi, and the other is a 1/4” 6tpi. I chose these blades due to their bi-metal construction and again the cut quality and overall length of life were the major factors. These blades came from bandsawbladesdirect.com

I would like to add a higher tooth blade (possibly 10tpi) for cutting thinner stock and am still researching the options in that direction. Primarily I would like something to fill the gap between the my present general bandsaw work and the scroll saw.

I am satisfied with each of the blades I have and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the same.

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#8 posted 03-23-2018 11:29 PM

I would recommend Infinity Rip Bandsaw Blades. Definitely my favorite resaw blade, followed by woodslicers. I also like my 3/8” blades to be designed for green wood. Carter makes a good one. The ones from Highland are not bad either.
I swear Laguna changed their blades in the last year or so. They used to be junk but I’ve been pretty happy with their Pro Force line.

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