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Jet JWBS-18 Bandsaw Blade question

by PRGDesigns
posted 11-15-2018 02:10 AM

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#1 posted 11-15-2018 02:56 AM

I wouldn’t put a blade that wide on that saw. Carbide or carbon steel.
Pick the blade with the right tooth count for the thickness of wood your cutting.
3/4 inch wide blade sounds about right for a 18 inch saw.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 11-15-2018 03:53 AM

Blade width ….................. 1/8 to 1-1/4 in.

1-1/2 is too wide for that saw :<((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 11-15-2018 06:26 AM

I have a 5 hp 18 inch Laguna, and I can only go to 1 1/4. For yours I was thinking 1 to 1 1/4

-- Rich Gig Harbor, WA

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#4 posted 11-16-2018 03:22 AM

Thanks for the input.

GR8HUNTER – Thanks for your contribution. Unfortunately, our manual for our Jet JWBS-18 Bandsaw, with a 1-1/2 HP motor, shows minimum blade width = 1/8”, and maximum width blade = 1-1/2”. However, the manual for the Jet JWBS-18, with a 1-3/4 HP motor, shows a minimum blade width = 1/8”, and a maximum blade width = 1-1/4”. We also found bandsaw blade vendor’s websites showing our bandsaw would take up to a 1-1/2” blade, confirming the owner’s manual information (attached).

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#5 posted 11-16-2018 08:23 AM

Keep in mind the width specs for a bandsaw are based on the width of blade the wheels and guides can accommodate not what blade widths (and types) the saw can adequately tension. For that saw I would recommend a maximum of a 3/4” carbide blade which works best in the 27k-30k psi range (basically twice the tension of the Woodslicer and the Woodslicer is also a very thin gauge blade which requires much less spring pressure for a given tension). Also remember the benefit of a wider blade is the increase in beam strength once you reach the limits of a saws ability to tension the blade properly going wider and/or thicker actually lowers the quality of the cut. To put in in perspective the smallest saws I am aware of that will fully tension a 1 1/4” Trimaster, for example, are the 24” Minimax (now Formula) and 28” Laguna, Felder and Northfield.

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#6 posted 11-17-2018 09:36 AM

You might be able to get a 1 1/2 inch resaw blade to fit – that doesn’t men it will work

-- Rich Gig Harbor, WA

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