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Forum topic by SloLouie posted 01-02-2011 12:48 AM 1457 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2011 12:48 AM

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I finally decided to get rid of my Craftsman bandsaw and pulled the trigger on a Grizzly G0513P bandsaw a few weeks ago. The saw is now in my shop and set up on its mobile base. I’ve only cut a couple of pieces of scrap to check the tracking etc. I can already tell I’m in love… its so much quieter and practically vibration free!
Now I’m confused as to what type of blades to get for it now. Timberwolf has a buy 3 get 1 free promotion going, so I thought I would take advantage of that offer. Style, width, thickness options are getting me dizzy.
I’d like to do some resawing, cutting pen blanks and rough cut bowl stock, bandsaw boxes look interesting as well.
Any suggestions? Mostly for blades, but project ideas would be welcomed too ;)


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#1 posted 01-02-2011 02:03 AM

I do a fair amount of resawing so have a 5/8 and 3/4 3tpi hook for that. I usually have the 5/8 one mounted and use it for lots of general cutting that doesn’t require curves.
I have a couple 1/4 and 3/8 blades for other general cutting. The 3tpi is a bit coarse for some cutting.
What blades are right for you really depends on how you use your saw.
Wider blades do better at cutting straight and a higher tpi blades in general cut smoother.

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 02:52 AM

I haven’t much experience on the band saw, but on a tip I tried a Timberwolf 3/16” 3 tpi on my 14” to cut tight corners in my bandsaw box projects. The blade cut wonderfully, but be prepared to spend a lot of time filing and sanding. Have fun with your Grizzly, perhaps someday I will save up and put down the coin on something to replace my old Tiwanese Delta knock off

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 01:37 PM

Rob I have the GO513X2. I love it. I personally don’t like the timberwolf for resawing. The blade that came with mine was usless. I bought a bigger timberwolf blade I think it is the 1”. It didn’t seen to last that long for resawing. If you are going to do a lot of resawing I would get a Highland Woodworking Woodslicer. I ordered a 1/2: Love it alot. I went through 8” of walnut like it was nothing. I will not get anything else but Highland again.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 01:49 PM

There are soo many things about bandsawing that it is worthwhile to buy a book or go to YouTube and search.

Personally, I find that any blade over 1/2” takes more power than you are going to get from the usual motor on a 14” bandsaw.

The sales manager for M K Morse ( clued me in on blades regarding resawing. Up to 6” thick you can get away with 4TPI, over 6” you need to go to 3 TPI. The issue is the number of teeth in the wood at any one time.

If you don’t plan on resawing, a 1/4” 6 TPI blade is a good general purpose blade.


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#5 posted 01-02-2011 08:09 PM

Well it looks like a Highland resaw blade is in order. As the saw is rated for a 1” blade, is it worth the extra money to go with a 3/4”?
With the exception of resawing I doubt I’ll be cutting anything over 6”, so a couple of 4 or 6 tpi narrower blades to round out my arsenal and I’ll be set…..... for now.
Thanks for the help and stay tuned.


-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 12:46 AM

Don’t get caught up in the “bigger is better” mind set. Chances are that your saw will work very well with a 1/2” Woodslicer, 1/4” general use detail blade, maybe a 3/8” general use blade. You’re not cutting trees with your saw.
Keep ‘em sharp or replaced and you won’t be unhappy.

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