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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 05-12-2014 02:31 PM 514 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigblockyeti

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05-12-2014 02:31 PM

Is anyone using bi-metal blades designed for cutting metal on their wood cutting bandsaw with success? I checked out the Starrett Intenss bi-metal blades on Amazon and the price seemed reasonable. With 10tpi on a 1/2” blade I’m just wondering how it would perform at the much high blade speeds of a wood cutting bandsaw.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 02:35 PM

I have tried many but after 25+ years contracting I prefer Milwaukee

E-bay has the best price

http://www.ebay.com/itm/milwaukee-sawzall-blades-48-01-9182-/321399563849

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 02:55 PM

I use bi-metal band saw blades, made by my local supplier.
I think that the material Is s Leenox.

-- Bert

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Bill White

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 04:34 PM

You sure can mess up a good wood cutting bandsaw by cutting metal. It will cut too fast, and you’ll get metal swarf in the tires.
Even though my 0555LX has the dual speed feature, I would be hesitant to cut metal with it.
Just a thought.
Bill

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 04:58 PM

Boy oh boy looks like I didn’t read the original post well enough ,sorry about that.

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 05:19 PM

Do you want to cut metal or wood on your band saw? If metal, then the answer is maybe. You could cut thin aluminum sheet, ( I wouldn’t recommend it)but large pieces of metal; not a good idea. If you want to cut wood with a bimetal blade, it should work ok. I think the teeth would get clogged quickly. The teeth set is different. metal cutting blades have a wavy set while wood cutting blades have an alternate tooth set.

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#6 posted 05-12-2014 05:38 PM

I use a wood-cutting bi-metal blade

-- Bert

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#7 posted 05-12-2014 05:57 PM

I’m wanting to cut wood, I know better than to cut metal with such a high blade speed, especially when neither the blade or the saw would do well with that setup.

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Bill White

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#8 posted 05-12-2014 06:22 PM

Guess I didn’t fully understand your original post. Sorry.
I have not used bimetal blades, but my supplier has suggested them for production work.
Having said that, a 10tpi blade should be used for finer work. Wouldn’t do well for resawing (but you knew that).
Bill

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Surfside

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#9 posted 05-12-2014 09:08 PM

Would your saw burn up the bi metal blade? Wood band saws run fast. I’ve never tried so I’m not sure how to make it work.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-13-2014 12:55 AM

By far the best resaw blade I have ever used is the 3/4”, bi-metallic, 2-3 TPI from Timberwolf.

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Phil53

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#11 posted 05-13-2014 01:13 AM

I have been using a 1/2” “Timber Wolf” bi-metal blade from http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/index.html.

I have cut more than a cord of Osage Orange and one 32 bullet that I didn’t see till it was done.

I have cut the pieces down to about 2 inches to make cutting boards. The blade still cuts like new. I would highly recommend their blade.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 05-13-2014 01:16 AM

I don’t know about the band saw but I know that one in a sabre saw will cut really well and last a long time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 05-13-2014 01:29 AM

Andy I use the Timberwolf, didn’t know it was bimetal, are you sure?

I just went to the website, nothing there about bimetal.

-- Jeff NJ

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 05-13-2014 01:55 AM

Jeff, I called their 800 number when I got mine as it wasn’t in their catalog. I think Horizontal Mike is using the same blade on his BS.
It had better be bimetal for what it cost!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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