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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 03-07-2018 09:48 PM 1325 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2018 09:48 PM

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I just picked this saw up on Craigslist.

Question: should I get a new blade?

The one on there is 1/4” 6TPI, and it tends to burn wood too easily (for example it burns 3/4” poplar even with fast straight cuts). What I don’t know is whether a new blade with the same specs will be good, or whether I need fewer TPI.

I have a scroll saw for very tight curves, but I do want to be able to change directions. And I don’t mind getting more than one – they’re not expensive.

Also, I tried Minwax paste wax on it, but no help.


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#1 posted 03-07-2018 10:02 PM

I guess you aren’t really sure if that blade is sharp. So try a new one. 6tpi is good for scrolling in thin wood. If you want to do thicker stuff, get a 3tpi or 4tpi.

One way or another you will end up with several blades eventually. Might as well save on shipping.


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#2 posted 03-07-2018 10:04 PM

I just picked this saw up on Craigslist.
Question: should I get a new blade?
- nickbatz

Yes. People don’t usually tend to sell used saws with new blades – so there is no telling how old/dull the one that is on there is.

Size/tpi is dependent upon what you will be cutting and how tight a curve you want to cut. Here is a generic radius chart:

And in case you haven’t already, watch and follow the obligatory band saw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 10:16 PM

Thats one of the 12 inch models correct? I would try a new blade, it’s rare that a band saw burns wood.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 11:16 PM

mrg – right, it’s the 12-inch one.

Brian, mostly I’ll be cutting 3/4” ply, occasionally maybe 1-1/2” D fir (2” dimensional), so I’ll try the 4TPI but order a few.

MrUnix, that chart (which is similar to the one in the manual) is laughable compared to the reality. That underlines what you and others are saying – time for new blades!

Okay, thanks very much, everyone. Much appreciated. I’ll order some new blades.

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 12:01 AM

and some forgot to mention, buy good quality blades, i opted first out to buy some cheapies, that didn’t go well at all, hard to keep saw tuned with the cheapies,

i’ve been buying olson blades at rockler, and am very happy with results.

good luck, once tuned and a decent blade the cutting is a hoot to accomplish
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 12:32 AM

Thanks, I just ordered a 3/8” 4TPI one from Amazon (because we’ve already paid the shipping with Amazon Prime).

Also, I watched some of the obligatory video, and it’s exactly what I need to know. Thanks Brad.

Is there anything like that for table saws? I have the basics down, but there are some things I’m unsure about – like when to put the work piece on the fence side of the blade, when not, when it doesn’t matter…

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