I took a look at the reviews and saw a ton of reviews for table-saw blades. While I'll take that information with me when I upgrade my TS next month (woohoo!!), I was hoping to pick the 11,000 brains on LJ to see what the recommended BAND SAW blades were. I've used blades purchased at the big-box stores and found them lacking in durability and sharpness. Also, I have picked up a nicer blade or two from Rockler and Woodcraft (Timber Wolf I believe) and it appears that paying a little extra does yield a better return.
Obviously, when talking about BS blades we have to break it down a little bit. A resaw blade is WAY different from a curve-cutting blade. So let's throw out ideas for both types.
What do you consider the best RESAW blade? I've seen many recommendations for a 1/2" Woodslicer blade. Is this consistent or do folks have a different preference?
What do you consider the best CURVE-CUTTING blade? I try to use the smallest blade possible when cutting my boxes and smaller pieces. I usuallly go with a 3/16" blade or at most a 1/4" for this application. I'd love to find a durable and sharp little blade for this kind of work.
I agree with Sawdust2. When I got my Grizz bandsaw, I tried the blade that came with it. Then I tried a Woodslicer and the Timberwolf! The difference was dramatic - like a hot knife through butter, as they say. I bought directly from Highland and the deal was that if you bought 3 blades they gave you the 4th free. Usually, it is the least expensive one you get free…in this case, it was the most expensive one that was free. I bought both 1/2" resaw blades and 3/8" curve cutting blades.
I've used Lenox and Timberwolf blades with good results. One thing I really liked when I bought my Timberwolf blades was dealing with Suffolk Machinery…they're excellent at helping you determine what blades you need, as opposed to relying on me to guess what I needed. They ask about your saw, what types of things you cut, cutting frequency, etc. and make a recommendation based on your needs. They also offered new customers a chance to buy 4 blades for the price of 3 ("443 deal).
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