Got my first band saw; What blades should I get?

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Forum topic by Everett1 posted 03-20-2012 06:21 PM 1419 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2012 06:21 PM

Hi Folks,

So, my buddy was walking through Sears, and found this on clearance for $160. Quite a steal IMO:

I was waiting to get a Grizz 17 inch with the Cast iron wheels, but for $160, hell, I couldn’t say no, and this will open up a lot more things I can do now.

So, I’m going to be getting some Timberwolf blades, but, being a band saw newbie, what blades should I get? I assume maneuvering tight curves is easier with thinner blades, but i figure, I have all this crazy large group of people with so much knowledge, why not just ask what I should get instead of guessing.

So, what blades would people recommend? I would like to maybe make some of my own really thin veneer, and I now have a project of a Maloof rocker as a possiblity now too.

Thanks in advance!


-- Ev

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 06:39 PM

My Sears is liquidating right now and I have my eye on a 14”, 12” and 10” bandsaw right now (even though I just bought a 19” Shop Fox).

As far as blades, I’d stick with smaller ones on that saw. I’m not going to say it’s hard to make a veneer with a saw that size, but you’re going to probably need wider blades than that saw can handle.

Again, not saying it can’t be done, but for the types of veneer I envision for my bandsaw (6-12” wide and 4-10’ long), I can’t imagine doing anything similar as far as length is concerned on a smaller saw.

You should get that Grizzly when you get a chance though. It’ll definitely open up your capabilities for the things you’re talking about and you can use the smaller Craftsman for crazy cuts.

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 06:43 PM

That’s the best price I’ve seen on that saw….got mine for ~ $190 a few years back and thought that was a pretty good deal. I’ve have been pretty happy with it, but you’ll probably want to upgrade the guide bearings…I put ABEC 5 roller blade bearings on mine….$10-$15/15 minutes. I’d call Suffolk Machinery for Timberwolf blades. They’ll ask you what saw you have, and what you cut, then will make recommendations accordingly. They used to offer 4 blades for the price of 3 to new customers…”443” deal.

I agree with Doss…cutting veneer on that saw will be a stretch.

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 07:03 PM

oh, I agree with the Veneer thing. I also still plan on getting the grizz, this was just too good IMO to pass up.

-- Ev

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 07:59 PM

I have noticed that I pretty much stick to the 1/2” 3 tpi blade from Timberwolf for the majority of my work on the bandsaw. You can still cut a pretty nice circle with it, and it is capable of resawing as well.

I just put a 3/4” blade on my saw yesterday, but I wouldn’t use it for anything but resawing or straight cuts.

Timberwolf have been excellent blades… Speaking of that, I have a 1/2” 3tpi blade that is to short for my saw I need to get rid of… I bought a riser and barely even used it. It’s a 93 1/2” blade length.

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 12:16 AM

3TPI is good. I’d not recommend a blade that has more teeth than that unless you need something smaller than a 1/2” blade and can’t find one with low TPI. Like Interpim, I mostly use 1/2” 3 TPI blades since they are highly versatile.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 12:46 AM

Generally speaking more TPI gives a smoother cut. 3 TPI is good for ripping. I love ripping rough lumber with my bandsaw – so much safer than the TS. If you plan to resaw dry wood go for a Woodslicer. I got one of those, and while it’s not recommended for wet wood, the job it does in dry boards is unbelievable. The 3TPI Timberwolf will rip up a small log into boards you can dry and then mill.

So what do you think you’ll be doing?

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 01:43 AM

I bought a Carter 1/2” blade on Amazon a while back and really like it. Very smooth and cuts fast with nearly no force.

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