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05-12-2015 06:06 PM

I just bought a new Band Saw and was looking for feedback on what type of blades are most commonly used?

Kevin


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#1 posted 05-12-2015 06:11 PM

What make and model band saw did you get? What are you wanting to do, resaw, tight radius, large radius, thick or thin stock?

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 06:26 PM

Grizzly G0513X2. I already broke the blade that came with saw! I hope is was because I had too much tension on the blade and not the saw itself! I did a lot of research before purchasing from Grizzly and got good reviews and I also have the G0490X 8” Jointer on order.

I will probably be mostly resawing, tight and large radius on mostly thin (2” or less) stock.

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 06:29 PM

If you’re looking to resaw I’d suggest Simmonds Red Streak bands.

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 06:34 PM

if you figure out what kind/size blade you want, you can also support a small business and buy some of these blades: http://buyfromawoodworker.com/

I just bought two for my old craftsman bandsaw and know a few others from here have bought from here with good results.

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 07:53 PM

You might want to look at woodslicer blades, you can determine what size you need as the radius you’ll be cutting would be limited by the width of the blade.

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 07:55 PM

Okay. Thanks for the feedback!

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#7 posted 05-13-2015 02:03 PM



Grizzly G0513X2. I already broke the blade that came with saw! I hope is was because I had too much tension on the blade and not the saw itself! I did a lot of research before purchasing from Grizzly and got good reviews and I also have the G0490X 8” Jointer on order.

I will probably be mostly resawing, tight and large radius on mostly thin (2” or less) stock.

- kevinmcgee

Might have been tension though that is easy to check. Make sure your guide are not touching when you spin the wheels with your hand. If the guides touch, you are getting friction and that will heat and snap a blade quickly. Too little tension can also hurt because the blade will be pushed into the guides.

There is a good job Grizzly found the worst welded blade in the world to send with the bandsaw, so maybe that is all it was.

Check your guides!

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#8 posted 05-13-2015 02:17 PM

I have a Grizzly and use it all the time. I did have to shim the top wheel to get it squared up. I use two blades for resawing – Timber Wolf (Various places) and Woodslicer blades (Highland woodworking) For the heavy duty uses, Highland has carbide tipped blades but they cost a bit more. I buy blades in quantities of 4. At first, I went through blades quickly, took about 2 years to really figure it out and now, I rarely replace a blade.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#9 posted 05-13-2015 02:18 PM

I made sure the guides weren’t touching and I was was cutting 1/2” round dowels when it broke. I tend to agree it was probably a cheap blade…I just hope the Grizzly equipment isn’t the same! I did a lot of research including making a trip to Muncy, PA to view them in person and was impressed with their products, especially the pricing. I just hope I didn’t make a mistake.

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#10 posted 05-13-2015 02:22 PM

Thanks David. I’m about to order several Timber Wolf blades and hopefully it solves my problem. This is my first band saw, so hopefully it was operator error.

Kevin

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#11 posted 05-13-2015 02:25 PM

You don’t want the blades super tight. Speak with Grizzly AND speak with the blade people. The blade people know their products and how to set them up. They will work with you. Also, get spare bearings from a bearing company, Grizzly’s price is inflated. I have gone through all of the original bearings – they froze. This will break a blade in about 4 minutes.

If you are going to resaw – make sure you have the 6” resaw fence from Grizzly – use it after the blade is set up?

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#12 posted 05-13-2015 02:33 PM

Setting up a bandsaw is just like any other piece of equipment – this is production grade equipment and must be dealt with accordingly. Setting up and learning it is challenging because Grizzly’s attitude is that this is not a toy and you should know how to use it. It is frustrating but they are right.

Do the research, take your time and remember this – until you know every aspect of this equipment and how it works – do NOT let your fingers get within 3-4 ” from the blade when plugged in – or they could get shorter.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#13 posted 05-13-2015 03:35 PM

YOUTUBE HAS A COUPLE OF GOOD VIDEOS ABOUT SETTING UP YOUR BANDSAW AND SETTING YOUR FENCE FOR DRIFT.
aND TIMBERWOLF IS A GOOD BLADE.

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#14 posted 05-13-2015 04:43 PM

I’ve bought resaw blades from Grizzly and they worked ok when new and seemed to dull quickly. I found a supplier from which I have gotten a few Lenox Woodmaster C blades and they worked much better, were welded better, stay sharp longer and cost less than the Grizzly blades. It’s tough to sell a saw without a blade so they’re apparently just getting the cheapest thing they can find to include with the saw.

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#15 posted 05-13-2015 05:16 PM

Out of all the bandsaw blades I have tried I like the Timberwolf the best.

It is sold by Grizzly and a few other company’s.

Also I found that after I started using a stone on the back edges of the blade to round them off they relieve the stress on the blade.

I learned this by Mark Duginske’s DVD “Mastering Your Bandsaw”

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