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Forum topic by DucKnuckles posted 04-20-2021 06:29 PM 249 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DucKnuckles

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04-20-2021 06:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blade

Any suggestions for blades? I got a 2hp 17”. What would be my best option for precision and curve cutting. I’d assume I can make a 17” perform well enough that I won’t need to make space for a 14” bandsaw.

-- “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 sharpening my ax.”


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#1 posted 04-20-2021 06:39 PM

Your choice of blade depends on what material (wood? plastic? carbon fiber?) you are cutting and how you want the cut surface to appear when you’re done.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#2 posted 04-20-2021 06:57 PM

I use a 17” Grizzly and it cuts everything I need it to as long as I have the correct blade on it. From 1/8” to 1” wide blades and teeth from 24 to 3 per inch. It all depends on what I’m doing. As a general use blade I use either a 1/4” or 3/8” blade with 4 teeth per inch. The width of the blade will more or less dictate the size of the curve you can cut with it and the thickness of the wood can indicate the number of teeth. Fewer teeth clears more sawdust better. There are charts on line that can give you this info if you need a reference.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-20-2021 10:42 PM

1/4” 6 TPI is what many call the ultimate utility use blade. Just know tighter radius needs smaller, and heavy ripping, and resaw needs heavier.

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#4 posted 04-20-2021 11:00 PM

My recommended blade selector:
https://www.timberwolfblades.com/Blade-Selector.php

My general use cutting blade is 3/8” 6TPI. Works well on 4/4 to 8/4, and rough but OK on 3/4” plywood.
For band saw boxes use 1/4” 4TPI. For plywood, have couple 10tpi blades.

IMHO – Setting up a blade less than 1/4” wide on 17” band saw can be challenge. The guides are large, the blade is small, so it takes extra time fiddling with guides for proper support. My old phat klutz paws make it harder enough still.

Suggest you keep both band saw, for at least for a year, or till you see why I make this suggestion.
Every time I change blades, am sorry I sold my 14” immediately after getting the larger band saw. Changing large re-saw blades with 3-4TPI is like wrestling with an alligator or a shark. I always end up with scratch or cut; even wearing leather gloves. Would be much simpler to leave the big blades on the big saw, and use the 14” for 1/8 to 1/4 blades and curvy cuts.
Have also considered several times that I might get a smaller 10” bench top as replacement for 14” as method to use less shop space. But I think everyone with large band saw, should have a smaller band saw too.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#5 posted 04-20-2021 11:37 PM


I use a 17” Grizzly and it cuts everything I need it to as long as I have the correct blade on it. From 1/8” to 1” wide blades and teeth from 24 to 3 per inch. It all depends on what I m doing. As a general use blade I use either a 1/4” or 3/8” blade with 4 teeth per inch. The width of the blade will more or less dictate the size of the curve you can cut with it and the thickness of the wood can indicate the number of teeth. Fewer teeth clears more sawdust better. There are charts on line that can give you this info if you need a reference.

- LesB

+1, I have the Grizzly 17” saw, and it cuts everything I want.


Any suggestions for blades? I got a 2hp 17”. What would be my best option for precision and curve cutting.

- DucKnuckles

Precision comes with a saw that is tuned properly.
I use Alex Snodgrass’s Method shown here in the you tube video.
https://youtu.be/wGbZqWac0jU
So when the video I posted at the end finished, this video from the Wood whisperer stated.
It is another Alex Snodgrass bandsaw set up. but filmed in the wood whisperer’s shop. More controlled environment, vs the 1st video that was done at a symposium.
https://youtu.be/bxVyKsbuwZQ

The smaller the blade, the tighter the curve you can cut.
Here is a diagram that shows the tightest curve a blade can make.

I used to keep 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” blades. I have dropped the 1/2” blade from my inventory, because a 1/4” blade does all the small stuff I need and I do more resaw work than anything else. so the 3/4” blade live on my saw most of the time. But that’s just me.

Also, check out this video. its only around 7 minutes, and explains the different sizes of blades and tpi. https://youtu.be/sZ-33ZN49os

-- John

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