Is a 3/4 3tpi timber wolf blade to large for my 14 inch 1 hp band saw?

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03-16-2015 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw milling

Thought I would upgrade my Go555 to ripsaw small logs with my band saw? Just received a post from Randy aka Blackie that the Timber Wolf 3/4 3 tpi blade Blade I ordered may be too large for my saw? Thought I could make the saw more efficient as there would be less flex with a thicker blade.

Are any of you LJ’s using a 3/4 blade on a 14 inch saw with a riser. Am I naive and should I send the blade back when I get it for a smaller blade.


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#1 posted 03-16-2015 04:13 AM

Hi Tom
Have tried to put it on your BS ?

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 04:16 AM

A stock 14” BS will handle a 3/4” blade, but it’s pretty much at it’s limit and fairly easy to bend/break stuff like the upper pivot wheel bracket. With a riser, I wouldn’t go bigger than 1/2”, but I’m sure there will be lots of people who will tell you to go for it (it’s not their saw :)


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#3 posted 03-16-2015 04:34 AM

Hey Tom, I use the half in. Tim wlf 3 per inch 90% of the time on my extended 14 b saw . I’m certainly no expert but I don’t know what a 3/4 would do that a 1/2 wouldn’t . Dont’t overtighten that tim wolf as I did at first then got fine results after backing off some. Joe (I do believe that a good 14 will handle the 3/4 as far power.) ;-j

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 04:51 AM

A 3/4” blade is testing the limits on your bandsaw but doable although I think you’d be happier with a 1/2” blade.

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

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 05:03 AM

The widest I have put on my 14” bandsaw is 5/8” ,it’s been 2 years and so far there’s no sign of metal fatigue.

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 05:57 AM


Haven’t gotten it yet. Mathius Wendal who is an engineer and woodworkergave an explaination regarding the rigidity of the blades. since my saw has 3/4 on the tensioner I thought it might be an extra in easing the cutting.

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 05:58 AM

TThanks Brad. I will take your cousel into my decision making.

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 06:01 AM


May return the 3/4 blade and order a 1/2 inch. I have an Olsen 1/2 inch 3pi that I have been using. Hadn’t considered the blade would be too much for the saw. I have a lot of seasoned logs that have little moisture in them and they have to be cut or tossed.

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 06:02 AM


Thanks for the input.

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#10 posted 03-16-2015 11:08 AM

How thick is the blade? If too thick it could be very difficult for the saw frame and hardware to generate enough tension in the blade. The tighter radius of a 14” wheel instead of that on say a 17” – 20” saw could cause premature blade failure due to fatigue.

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 01:48 PM

I resaw a lot of 8” and wider cedar and maple on my GO555 using a 1/2” carbide saw blade from “Supercut” Cuts well and lasts a long time. The blade is about $25 and will also cut logs safely if you have a jig for that or just a tall resaw fence if you are careful.

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#12 posted 03-16-2015 02:47 PM

I have the 0555LX. The 3/4” blade is too big for that saw.


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#13 posted 03-16-2015 03:03 PM

Tom… I have a 14” Powermatic with a riser block and tried the 3/4 blade several years ago. I had so much difficulty with it and with all the frustration I ended up staying the “1/2” wood slicer from Highland. I have found it to be the absolute best blade I have found so far.
I have the 1/2’ Timberwolf blade also but prefer the Woodslicer.

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#14 posted 03-16-2015 03:16 PM

Like Greg I too tried the 3/4” blade but could not get it to preform as good as a 1/2” woodslicer. The Timber Wolf rides the wheels when I am cutting questionable logs, I save the Woodslicer for stuff I want to come out really nice.

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#15 posted 03-16-2015 03:56 PM

Most bandsaws won’t fully tension a 1/2” blade let alone a 3/4” one. There was a bandsaw review a few years ago that listed the tensions obtained on different brands. I believe Ridgid had the highest tension ability.

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