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JAY Made

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12-03-2014 09:12 PM

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Hey everyone,

I just picked up a Rikon 10-325 band saw. Just wondering about blades, I want a resaw blade and other blades for curved cuts. What are good blades?


-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 09:43 PM

1/2” 3 tpi. for resaw, 3/8” 6 tpi. for general use, and 1/4” 8 tpi. for relatively small curves.
That’s what I use.


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JAY Made

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 09:48 PM

Thanks bill, what brand are good?

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 10:04 PM

Lennox makes excellent bandsaw blades. Many folks like timberwolf but the one I got had a terrible weld. I got my Lennox blades from spectrum supply and the welds are great.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 10:12 PM

For resaw, I’m a big fan of the Wood Slicer blade from Highland Woodworking:

The reviews are pretty good too:

I also have a 10-325 and get very good results with it as long as the bandsaw is set up correctly (search for the Snodgrass bandsaw setup videos – I was only getting medicore results until that). Best of all, it’s pretty affordable, only $30 for the 1/2” x 111” blade.

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 10:17 PM

Hey Jay, congrats on the new bandsaw!

I’ve tried quite a few different size blades from a few manufacurers. For resaw, I’ve tried the 1/2” and 3/4” variable tooth woodslicer from highland woodworks and the timberwolf resaw blade. Both of these show up incredibly sharp but dull fairly quick. I can’t bring myself to buy a $200 carbide resaw blade, but I did try the 5/8” 3-4 variable tooth carbide impregnated blade from Magnate. It is not as sharp out of the box, but it has lasted much longer than the ones listed above. This blade is about $85 for my bandsaw and Amazon has it for $70 for yours. The one review of the blade on Amazon is from an owner of the same saw as you.

For a general use blade and a curve cutting blade, I have tried the timberwolf blades. I experienced the same issue with them, they dull fairly quick. I would recommend a Magnate blade for these as well. For general use, I use a 1/4” 10 tooth blade. This blade lasts longer than the timberwolf and costs $10 for your saw.

For tight curves, I use a 3/16” 18 tooth raker blade. I make bandsaw boxes and this blade leaves an edge that needs very little sanding. I can start with 220 grit. My boxes are 5-7” thick and this blade cuts them like butter. Some people use an 1/8” blade for curves. While it will cut tighter than the 3/16”, it also will wander and break much easier in my experience. This blade is $13 for your saw.

I was skeptical when I ordered these blades from Magnate. I thought that they would be of much worse quality than the more expensive blades, but I was wrong.

Also, get the bandsaw blade cleaner and blade lubricant stick from Magnate as well. They are about $15 together, but will last quite a while and make a huge difference in quality and speed of cut. You can use them on other blades and router bits as well. Lastly, round the back of your blades with a sharpening stone if they don’t already come that way from the manufacturer. The Magnate resaw blade comes with a rounded back, not aware of any others that do.


-- Jim, Denton, TX

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JAY Made

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 01:34 AM

Thanks for the info Jim

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 02:36 AM

I was interested in Dustgineer’s take on the Timberwolf blades. I’ve had the same experience but, being a relative neophyte with a bandsaw, don’t have enough experience with other brands to make a valid comparison. I thought maybe I was expecting too much from bandsaw blades. Out of the box they are certainly an improvement over the Craftsman blades I’d picked up at the local Sears store. But it doesn’t seem like they last any longer than the Craftsmans did before they became unusable.

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 03:42 AM

I get my blades from Highland Woodworking for my Rikon. I can’t say enough about how happy I am with the wood slicer and the general use blades.

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 04:40 AM

Timberwolf Bi Metal blades are great and last a long time

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#10 posted 12-04-2014 02:45 PM

No problem Jay, good luck.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#11 posted 12-04-2014 08:11 PM

For resawing, I use a 3/4” carbide blade, is fantastic. In my smaller bandsaw I keep a 1/2” 3TPi skip-tooth for general work. I find that the quality of the blades is not as important than the fine tuning of the machine. Most people ask me what to do to make sure the sawing is a straight line. My answer is, sharpen the blade and learn how to tune your machine. There is really no such thing as blade drift, and we should not get used to try to correct this problem by handling the wood at an angle, it is poor practice.


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#12 posted 12-05-2014 02:39 AM

Here is my take on Timber Wolf blades. I think they are overpriced for what they are. They are incredibly sharp initially but they dull pretty quickly. They dull much quicker than regular carbon blades. And I have one that had a terrible weld from Suffolk. I have a new TW 1/8” from PS Wood that has a decent weld but it is still in the package because I have switched to Starrett carbon blades for thinner blades and Lennox carbon blades for thicker blades. For resawing I use a 1/2” 3 tpi from Iturra that is like the Highland Hardware woodslicer. It has very little set and resaws like a charm. I agree with the prior post that setting up the bandsaw properly made it a joy to use and much more than any specific blade. Balanced and coplanar wheels, decent spring, good tires, etc.made bandsawing so much easier than putting on the most expensive blade. Regards. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 12-06-2014 12:37 AM

Great info here. I wish I would have seen it before I bought some Timber Wolf blades. I bought the 1/8” and as Dustgineer said it wonders quite a bit. The saw I’m using is an old Shopmaster 12”, but it works pretty well.

I’m replacing it with a Grizzly and won’t be buying any 1/8” blades.

Good luck with your Rikon JAYmade.

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