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Forum topic by bigfootphil posted 04-17-2015 12:23 PM 578 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2015 12:23 PM

I got this bandsaw a few months back, and mainly used it for resawing. As expected, initial blade was crap, tll I got a Lennox trimaster 1.25”. It cuts pretty good and I am happy with it.

Recently, I got into BS boxes using a 1/4” blade also from Lennox, cuts good but I want tighter curves. My question is, what’s the narrowest blade anyone has used on this saw? Specs says it can go down to 1/8”, but I have read review that says otherwise.


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#1 posted 04-17-2015 09:37 PM

Bigger wheels and smaller blades tend to amplify setup issues plus really small blades “like” guides that can actually run touching the blade such as Cool Blocks. Side bearing guides are hard to set up and use on small blades, the low beam strength means it is very likely you will damage the blade when it takes so little movement for the teeth to wind up against the bearing. While it might be possible to get a 1/8” blade to track correctly I would try a 3/16” first. That said I suggest a Carter Stabilizer for this endeavor. It will reduce the radius allowable for a given blade size, a 1/4” blade will cut more like a 3/16” blade and the fact it only contacts the blade on the back eliminates side guide meeting teeth issues.

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 12:22 AM

I use 1/8” blades on my 17” Grizzly and I can tell you that the Carter Stabilizer made this a much easier proposition! The guides on these big saws just aren’t designed for narrow bands. I had a really hard time keeping the blade between the stock roller guides when they were moved back far enough to stay away from the teeth.

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 01:13 AM

It is difficult to use the small blades on the larger band saw. Not impossible but a large range of blade sizes. I had the same question awhile ago. I ended up buying a Rikon 10” bandsaw on sale and use it with small blades and keep larger blades on the big jet. This works well for me..

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 04:23 PM

Thanks for the replies. Was also onsidering a smaller BS for the curve cuts, but space and budget are still lacking. Will work with what I Hve for now.

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#5 posted 04-26-2015 02:23 AM

If the main issue is the roller guides, maybe a Carter stabiluzer will work for me.

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 02:38 AM

In my to do list is making a stabilizer for my Grizzly 17” with a grooved bearing. The only thing stopping me is a complete lack of skills and ingenuity.

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

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