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Seeking Bandsaw Blade Recommendations and Insight

by BattleRidge
posted 01-17-2018 12:10 AM


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TungOil

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#1 posted 01-17-2018 12:25 AM

I have no experience with the Laguna resaw blade but I use the Lenox blades exclusively on my MM16 and they work very well. From your list I’d skip the 3/8” blade. The 1/4” and 1/2” are most useful in my mind. I also have a 3/4” that I have not had an opportunity to try yet and a 1” carbide resaw blade that works really well.

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Aj2

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#2 posted 01-17-2018 12:43 AM

I would skip the RK blade i see nothing in your work that justifies that blade. It’s a great blade for very precise joinery or Resawing veneer or bent lamination. Think along the line of very expensive woods like highly figured Koa or Mahogany. Every bit of the wood is precious and expensive.

-- Aj

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JBrow

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#3 posted 01-17-2018 03:01 AM

BattleRidge,

I have been satisfied with the Lennox 1/2” Tri-Master carbide tipped bandsaw blade as a general purpose blade. It has done a good job of producing true resaw cuts and curves.

http://www.lenoxtools.com/pages/tri-master-carbide-band-saw-blades.aspx

Carbide tipped bandsaw blades are expensive and the possibility of the band breaking before the teeth are dull exists. Buying a carbide tipped bandsaw blade whose length is near the upper range that will fit the saw could save the price of a replacement for a broken blade. A broken blade may be repairable but doing so could shorten the blade. Buying a blade on the longer side could allow the broken and re-welded blade to still fit the saw.

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BandsawJeff

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#4 posted 01-17-2018 03:09 AM

I pretty much use a 3/8” 3tpi blade for everything. I go with any brand I can get my hands on…but my favorite has been the timber wolf.

Check this video out though. Goes through clearly all the different sizes and shapes of bandsaw blades and when to use them. It may help you decide!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ-33ZN49os

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BattleRidge

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#5 posted 01-19-2018 01:57 AM

I am leaning toward the 1” Resaw King blade and with the amount of lumber I need to cut, as well as the lack of a jointer / planer, the RK may best suit my needs. I am also considering using a less-expensive blade to supplement the RK, particularly when working on questionable pieces of wood and would like to avoid contacting any steel. A metal detector is on my list but I still have more research to do in that area.

Given the combination of saw blade cost and shipping charges, I may focus on both the 1/2” and 1/4” blades and add any others later when (and if) needed. This will be my first bandsaw and as I become more familiar with it and as I begin to evaluate my needs and uses, I can then make any adjustments.

The 18BX is rated for 143-3/4” – 145-1/2” blades and I am planning on using the recommended 145” length. I hadn’t considered the changes a broken blade repair could create, but hopefully will have enough leeway should it ever be necessary. One of the reasons I am going with the 18” over the 14” saw is to hopefully limit some of the stress on the blade to prolong it’s life.

I checked out the video and it was helpful. I’ve been digging around online for everything I can find and had not yet seen that particular video.

Thank you for the insight and it has been quite helpful. I am still weighing the many options and hope to lock things in soon. I am purchasing the saw tomorrow and am looking forward to putting it to use.

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Mario

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#6 posted 01-19-2018 02:09 AM

I currently have two 14in bandsaws in the shop, one with a 6in riser block and a Resaw King installed, the other with a 1/4 Wolverine blade. I use the Resaw King quite a lot for a variety of cuts, it cuts quite fast and smoothly, once you adjust it to your bandsaw it works like a charm, highly recommended.

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BattleRidge

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#7 posted 01-20-2018 08:11 PM

I made my final choice and placed the orders for new blades last night – the 1” Laguna Resaw King, & the bi-metal Lenox Diemaster 2 in both a 1/2” 4 tpi and 1/4” 6 tpi size.

Wood Werks in Columbus has 10% off machines this weekend and without the $75 shipping charge that other dealers require this made the saw the cheapest I have found it. My Chief Financial Officer (wifey) and I made the 80 mile trip to Columbus on Friday and purchased the saw (which is now sitting in the back of my pickup).

While in Columbus, we also went to ‘The Woodworking Shows’ which is at the state fairgrounds this weekend where (among other things) we had the opportunity to see Alex Snodgrass and his bandsaw clinic. While I have seen many of his videos online, it was a true pleasure to see him in person and to have the opportunity to speak with him after the clinic, and additionally to speak with his father and meet Alex’s wife. They are truly a class act with a wealth of helpful information and knowledge.

Thank you to all who responded and I very much appreciate the insight and the multitude of perspectives. In some ways it can be mind boggling, but it allowed me the opportunity to dig deeper into the individual aspects. I am looking forward to putting the saw to use and with my three-blade beginning, I should be able to get a good idea of what works best for my individual needs and for my various projects, where I can further adjust and refine in the future if needed.

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 01-20-2018 10:16 PM

Often overlooked are the Supercut blades. I use their “gold” resaw blades to resaw with. Best I have found and not expensive.

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#9 posted 01-21-2018 03:26 AM

Hah, I really liked the supercut gold blades, and they were may fav. until I got the lennox trimaster, and I haven’t had to buy a blade in two years now so almost can’t remember what’s it’s like to have to buy blade.

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