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#1 posted 10-13-2018 09:06 PM

I have tried the Timberwolf blades and I have to say that they are truly a first rate outfit to deal with. That said, I find that they arrive extremely very sharp, but unfortunately they don t seem to stay that way for very long. In all fairness to them it just might be that the wood I am sawing contains unusually high amounts of minerals or some type of sand or grit. You will definitely need a special purpose designed re-saw blade to re-saw lumber. I have honestly not found a long lasting bandsaw blade I would recommend to anyone at this point. The ones Rockler sell seem to be as good as I can find.
Mr. Snodgrass is about as good as it ever gets for instruction on setting up and maintaining a bandsaw. He covers everything and I have yet to have anyone else “add” to what he has to say regarding a bandsaw. Best of luck. I would not be afraid to try any Italian machine made today. I came very close to a Laguna, but the $100.00 plus replacement cost of ceramic blade guides killed it for me.

- msinc

It is not your wood, as I mentioned it is their high silicon steel which has a lower Rockwell than even standard carbon blades. Resawing begs for bi-metal at a minimum or better yet carbide. If one doesn’t want to pay carbide prices for resawing but wants much more life than a carbon blade then the Lenox Woodmaster B is an excellent choice though it won’t last nearly as long or leave the surface finish of the carbide blades I listed above.

Alex’ method is solid for small crowned wheel saws but large and or flat wheeled saws take a different approach. Not everything he says is accurate BUT his method produces a well tuned small saw.

The ACM built Laguna saws are very good, the Centauro/SCM saws are just built heavier for essentially the same price. The ceramic inserts will probably last a hobbyist at least half a lifetime but if they are using the saw enough to wear out the inserts they would have already spent more than $100 replacing bearing sets.

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