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Forum topic by trsnider posted 04-22-2018 07:12 PM 973 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2018 07:12 PM

What band saw blade widths will get almost all work done? I do a bit of resawing and the rest is pretty much “normal” work. I plan to get them from Highland Hardware unless people recommend other places to look at.

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#1 posted 04-22-2018 07:36 PM

If you want to avoid changing blades for
straight or modest curved cuts 3/8” is a good
compromise. 1/4” is more useful for
curves and 1/2” blades track straighter
and tend to have lower tpi so they can rip
thicker stock easier.

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#2 posted 04-22-2018 08:37 PM

You can do almost everything with a 1/4” blade IMO.


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#3 posted 04-22-2018 10:05 PM

yep, i’ve been using mostly a qtr. although i did buy a 3/16 for band saw boxes, and do have a larger one for my feeble attempts at resawing, something i need to work on.

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#4 posted 04-22-2018 10:36 PM

I run a 3/8” wood sliced from highland woodworking ($40). It replaced a 1” carbide (3-4) tooth ($200). I don’t think I’ll ever buy another carbide blade again.

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#5 posted 04-23-2018 01:22 AM

For general woodworking, I have bi-metal Lenox Diemaster 2 blades – 1/4” 6tpi and 1/2” 4tpi. I like the bi-metal for the longer blade life, and while they may be a bit more expensive initially, the overall value can be better when compared to purchasing several shorter-life carbon blades that might not stay as sharp of offer as good of a cut after a period of time.

My go-to blade is the 1/4” 6tpi which will cover a majority of the cutting I do and is handy for a quick spontaneous cut when needed, particularly with thinner wood and in addition offers greater flexibility with curved cuts. The 1/2” 4tpi blade can be better when working with thicker wood and when straighter cuts are desired. I purchased both blades from which offers free shipping on an order over $100 (I’d rather put my money toward a blade instead of paying for shipping charges).

For resaw work, I chose the Laguna Resaw King for it’s superior smooth cutting, the greater life of the carbide blades and the ability to be sharpened multiple times. The blade itself was about $175 (includes free shipping) from and they will resharpen the blade for $45. I have the Laguna 18BX bandsaw and while my saw is rated for a 1/8” thru 1-1/4” blade, I generally prefer not to work within the upper limits of my equipment so chose a 1” RK blade which works quite well.

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#6 posted 04-23-2018 02:53 AM

I bought and like the 2 Carter blades I purchased. Then I bought a wood slicer from highland to do some resawing and it hasn’t been off my machine. Chews through everything. haha

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#7 posted 04-23-2018 03:10 AM

Depends on what size bandsaw you have. I use Olsen blades on my 14 saw. On my 20 inch saw I use Lenox and Resaw King.
The Olsen blades are .020 and that’s all my 14 pm will tension.
My bigger saw will tension a Woodmaster ct or Trimaster ct .035 I think?
The wood slicer is a great blade I just wish it would last longer or can be resharpened.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 04-25-2018 12:33 AM

THanks for the responses. I’m going to get a .25 and a .5” wood slicer from Highland. Can’t justify a real expensive ($100+) for my purposes.

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#9 posted 04-25-2018 12:43 AM

If you haven’t ordered yet check out timberwolf blades, they have 3-packs for a good deal and I love mine. I have used the 3/4” 2-3tpi resaw and the 1/2” 4tpi I haven’t tried the 1/4” I got yet.

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