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Forum topic by Knockonit posted 12-10-2017 12:42 AM 733 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2017 12:42 AM

Well, i’ve been struggling for a while with my band saws, never used them much, as i usually used a scroll saw for small stuff.
anyway, always had a HF 14’’, and it did ok, used their blades and probably some from big store.

I picked up an older delta 14’’, practically rebuild it, new trunnions, bearings, misc, parts, put a blade from other saw on it, it did ok then couldn’t keep a blade on it.
So I revisited band saw school. on tuning and adjusting, and picked up some olson blades, and boy howdy, just finished assembly tonite, and yeehaw, i’m in the dust now. I re sawed some paduak, and some maple just to see how it would go, and i’m here to tell you, my faith in the BS has arrived.

Shoulda paid heed to what i read on a lot of forums a long time ago, its the blade, its the blade,

thanks to a few tutorials


-- Living the dream

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#1 posted 12-10-2017 11:26 AM

I just bought three Laguna blades on sale at Woodcraft—$67 for all three. That’s about what I would have paid for cheap blades.

-- David

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#2 posted 12-10-2017 12:22 PM

What blade did you get?

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#3 posted 12-10-2017 01:49 PM

Yes what blades.

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#4 posted 12-10-2017 01:50 PM

What blade did you get?

- JKVWood

All Pro PGT: 1/2’’, .025, TPI 3, hook, raker

i’d say one pass thru the drum sander and its a smoothie.

amazing the difference between blade makers, made a believer out of me, I ordered a few more via the web.
i purchased this one at rockler store, they don’t offer package deals, so, well you know.;

just simply amazing

-- Living the dream

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#5 posted 12-10-2017 05:34 PM

Hhooo yaah, I do know what you mean about different blades on the bandsaw.

I have an old Craftsman 12” bandsaw and I have an Rikon 14 ” ... After trying this blade and that one, I have learned that each saw will like one blade better than the others, and depending on what kind of work you are doing. I like the Olsen blades on the little saw and I use it allot … but for resawing I like the Timberwolf 3/4” 3-TPI on the bigger saw.
Each saw will perform differently with each blade, so don’t be afraid to try another brand, I have tried many on each saw.

I have had blades that just could not cut a straight line, just wandered all over the place. now I set up the fence and run the pieces through. ... no drift. ... getting the tension right is another key … Raise the top guides 6” and look for 1/4” deflection, now your about right … the tension scale will get you close but not all blades are exactly the same length so there will be variances …

Alex Snodgrass has a great video on tuning up the bandsaw, I highly recommend it for everyone that owns a band saw.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 12-10-2017 05:39 PM

Oh, and another thing …. Check the weld on the blade as you pull it out of the box … lay the blade on on it’s back on the tablesaw to see if the weld is straight, if not return it. There are allot of miss aligned blades out there and they will cause the fritz and drive you nuts.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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