Great Bandsaw Blade

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Review by NormG posted 01-05-2013 05:05 AM 4152 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After Reading MBS’ review I ordered the same blade. It arrived today while I was at work. Very well packaged and in good shape.

After dinner, I went out to the shop and installed on my newer Craftsman 12” 89 1/2” blade (Similar to the Rikon). It is a great saw. After about 15 minutes of setup it was ready to go. Blade is noticeably quieter than the Timber Wolf blades I have been using. I followed the instructions and used a slower rate to break the blade in. The I was off. I had a fair amount of firewood and logs from my in-laws place. I jointed one side flat and started to cut 1” boards in 6” and 4” Oak and Maple. About 50 feet all together, I got started and just could not stop. It took no time at all to make the cuts, they were smooth and the blade did not drift at all (used the standard fence). So, I think it was worth the $18.25 plus shipping. Next time I will ordered more than one to cut down on the shipping cost.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 01:00 PM

I am gonna try these out. I am using Olsen blades right now and they have done me pretty good but I can always move up to the next level. Thanks for the review.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 01:49 PM

I also ordered one of these. I’m hoping to get in on my Grizzly G0555 today and try it out. I’m a real newb at resawing so this should be an adventure.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 06:00 PM

Just got my grizzly riser kit yesterday. Time to buy some new blades. Ill give these a try!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 08:43 PM

I noticed on the Diamond Saw website it says that they do not recomend the Xtra duty one for blade lengths under 15’, which is 180 inches. What size are you using?

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 07:57 PM

I’m using the same blade and I think mine is 150”. I haven’t had any problems and I’m not sure why there would be a problem with the length.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 09:51 PM

Mine is 89 1/2, I just did some additional cutting in some more Oak, no issues with the additional blade strength.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 08:56 PM

Just guessing here, but I wonder if the length advisory has to do with wheel diameter. Shorter length implies smaller diameter wheels which flex the blade more severely. The proprietor of my local saw shop one time said that was one of the problems with 3 wheeled BSs, that the sharp flexing at the corners could lead to blade breakage.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#8 posted 01-10-2013 08:35 PM

Good review. I’ll try to check this out. I’m just really good with my Haltbar blades. As far as I know, 3 wheeled band saws had to change direction three times in one revolution , this causes the blade to break and 3 wheeled bandsaw has smaller wheels that need thinner blades and this makes the blade to twist slightly and cause to premature blade breakage.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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