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04-21-2017 04:52 PM

Hi all,

I have a JET bandsaw that is supposed to take 123” blades. My question is, can I use a smaller blade? Some of my local shops don’t carry the 123” in the store. I know I can order them online, but I was hoping to have a few more options.

If I can only use a 123” blade, what are some of the brands of blades I should be looking at? Which ones should I avoid?


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#1 posted 04-21-2017 05:08 PM

I’ve got the 16” JET as well. I’ve been using Laguna blades and have been pretty happy with them – and yup, not many places that have the blades in stock locally (I haven’t found any). I think Carter will also make them, I think…..

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#2 posted 04-21-2017 05:54 PM

I have a JET bandsaw that is supposed to take 123” blades. My question is, can I use a smaller blade?
- MadGerman

Technically… yes, you could probably get away with a 122.5” or even a 122” blade :)
But the real answer is – no.

The length of the blade is fixed, based on the diameter of the wheels and how far apart they are from each other. So, unless you can make the wheels smaller, or move them closer together, you have to use whatever size that works out to – or in your case, apparently 123”

You can of course get different size widths of blades (1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, etc….), but that has nothing to do with the length of the blade itself.


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#3 posted 04-21-2017 06:37 PM

I figured that I’d go a little more indepth with my opinion on the Laguna blades. I’ve got two, I’ve had both for about 2 years. They are both 1/4”, one is 12tpi and the other is 3tpi. The 12 tpi leaves a great finish on the wood, however it tends to clog easily and cuts really really really slow. The 3tpi however does everything the other blade does, with the exception of the quality of the finish. I’ve even used the 3tpi 1/4” blade to resaw 9+” Spanish cedar (not a very hard wood) with no trouble at all, and I also used it to butterfly my ashtrays (in my projects) which was about 7”x 7”x 5” of Wenge/Mahogany glued up, that was slow cutting. I didn’t feel like resetting the blade guides and putting on the 3/4” blade that I also have, but never use. I do use the blade wax on the blade when resawing before starting each cut and I find that helps keep the gullets cleaner and the cut has a less stress on the blade. I will however be ordering several more to keep on hand so when one eventually breaks I’ll have the replacement on hand since they aren’t a ‘local’ item.

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#4 posted 04-21-2017 07:48 PM

I have a few friends and had read allot of reviews that pointed me toward Lenox blades, and I was ready to order them from this web site.
Then I found a local shop that makes them custom to order, and a couple dollars cheaper. So, I have not tried the Lenox blade yet myself.
I have had my saw for about 6 months. There is an endless list of.blades to choose from.
I read many review and forums and had no idea when I bought the saw that there were so many to choose from.
So shop around and read about brands and types of blades.

-- John

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