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newwoodbutcher

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08-02-2014 11:33 PM

I just set up my new Rikon 15” bandsaw as a dedicated resaw and plan to use my 22 year old 16” Grizzly bandsaw as a general use bandsaw. My question, what size blade should I use for general bandsaw use? Advice?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 08-03-2014 12:29 AM

3/8” to 1/2” wide 3 teeth per inch,the quality of the blade is also important.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 12:54 AM

Ken do you have a quality recommendation?

-- Ken

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 01:07 AM

I think you need to determine what you’ll most likely be doing with the Griz as “general purpose”... If you are going to do any “shaping” you may wish to consider a good 1/4” blade with more teeth (perhaps around 6 tpi)... I also use a 3/16 3 tpi.
At least consider having one to compliment a wider blade so you have it available.
I do a lot of band saw boxes, so I really need the narrower blade.

Consider yourself lucky to have 2 saws!

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 01:18 AM

1/2” 3 tpi is a great general blade

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#5 posted 08-03-2014 02:08 AM

I use 1/4” x 6 tpi currently. I do a lot with templates. I
bought a bunch of coil stock on ebay and solder up my
blades myself at a few bucks a piece.

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 03:50 AM



Ken do you have a quality recommendation?

- newwoodbutcher


I get my bandsaw blades from a place calledR&D in Toronto,Canada but a lot of US members seem to love the quality of wood slicer.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 02:50 PM

A Carter Band Saw Stabalizer is a favorite of mine when doing scroll work.
I agree with wncguy, it is nice to have two bandsaws. One set up for re saw work using a 3tpi blade in 3/4” and a second BS with a stabalizer and a 1/4” blade.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#8 posted 08-03-2014 03:18 PM

“General bandsaw use” can vary greatly in definition from one person to another. Are you planning on doing much tight radius work, do you need a smooth surface finish? A 1/4” to 1/2” blade will fit the bill for most, the tooth count will vary depending on what you’ll be cutting. Woodslicer makes great blades in the size you’ll likely be looking for.

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#9 posted 08-03-2014 06:58 PM

1/4” 8tpi, 3/8” 6tpi, 1/2” 3tpi…..
You’re good to go.
Bill

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#10 posted 08-03-2014 10:47 PM

Thank you all for your input. I have a Carter stabilizer that has been knocking around in a drawer for many years. I’ve tried setting up the Griz with the stabilizer and a 1/4” blade but I’m having trouble getting the stabilizer to align up properly. I’ll keep working on it.

-- Ken

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wncguy

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 12:31 AM

Ken – they make different stabilizers for the different models/Brands of saws… you probably do not have the one for your Griz.

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#12 posted 08-04-2014 01:11 AM

Unless I ordered it wrong ten years ago it’s the correct one. I bought it new a few years after I bought the saw. I get it close but when I tighten down the final thumb screw the bearing tilts jut a bit and the groove and the blade don’t align by 1/128th. It’s an octagon hole and bar where the saw and the stabilizer connect. The thumb screw locks them together.

-- Ken

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timbertailor

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#13 posted 08-04-2014 03:26 AM


Unless I ordered it wrong ten years ago it s the correct one. I bought it new a few years after I bought the saw. I get it close but when I tighten down the final thumb screw the bearing tilts jut a bit and the groove and the blade don t align by 1/128th. It s an octagon hole and bar where the saw and the stabilizer connect. The thumb screw locks them together.

- newwoodbutcher

Carter has some great videos on how to set blade tension and install the stabalizer, if you have not seen them.

And did I tell you how jealous I am? The build and rip capacity really make this BS a very capable machine and reasonably priced. Congratulations!

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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newwoodbutcher

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#14 posted 08-04-2014 05:35 AM

Brad, Yes I’ve watched their videos and started a conversation with their tec support. Not sure where it’s going but in the end I’m sure I will have a great setup. Yes, I am lucky to have two band saws, also a great wife and a great hobby.
With all this input, I’m wondering if I want the stabilizer set up at all. I also have a Hegner scroll saw for scrolling. So I’m thinking a 1/2”and 3/8” set of blades would be the best bet for general purpose curve work. If that’s true the stabilizer won’t work as they recommend a 1/4” max on that set up. The guides on the old Grizzly are pretty minimal. I Know! This justifies a Carter Guide up grade. So that means this conversation might cost $200.00. Thank you for all your help.

-- Ken

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#15 posted 08-04-2014 09:42 PM

1/2” 3 TPI blade for general use/ or resawing.

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