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06-28-2012 09:53 PM

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what is the best brand blades i can buy . i have a 12 inch craftsman i use to cut out caricatures for carving.

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 10:12 PM

You can’t really go wrong with Lenox or Starrett (Lenox doesn’t make anything smaller than 1/4” anymore). Lots of people like Timberwolf but I and many I know have had poor weld QC from them. They are high silicon steel so they start out sharper than standard carbon blades but dull much faster, if you have a need for that they are good, for most cutting they aren’t as economical as carbon. Although I love bi-metal blades that isn’t a saw that will handle them tension wise.

Spectrum Supply carries the full Lenox line, Iturra Designs Starrett and Lenox and carries some of the Lenox line, all have given me good welds and good pricing though if woodcraftbands has the band you need in stock their prices are somewhat better.

Lets see how long the shills for take to show up…

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 11:07 PM

+1 on I’ve always gotten great service from them and their blades are also top notch.

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 11:58 PM

I have several Timber wolf blades and the welds are all very good. I have their 1” resaw and boy does it cut a board. 4” oak doesn’t even phase it on a 2 hp saw. Set it up pee Timber Wolf’s instructions.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 07:05 PM

thank you for all your help

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 07:20 PM

A related question that is also worth asking is what type of blade is best for a given application / machine. Even Starrett or Lenox won’t help if it’s the wrong kind of blade. I agree pretty much with AHuxley on brands.

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#6 posted 07-02-2012 12:39 AM

Huxley, you don’t know how good saw is, do you? I have been using their blades and they are great also the service price and shipping are far and away superior, quality is great. Your ignorant rant is uncalled for.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#7 posted 07-02-2012 08:06 AM

@woodklutz first I have used Haltbar blades along with every other major bandstock make and they are solid middle of the road blades. They are mainly focused on the metal industry though most bandstock manufacturers are. The issue is they tend to have very thick gauge backers which limit their use on hobby saws and though they have a new TCG carbide blade it is also on a very thick gauge backer even my Minimax would ecram trying to tension a 1” carbide Haltbar. The carbide blades also have pretty high TPI for their width further reducing their effectiveness in tall resawing work. Bottom line there almost always more choice and much more choice for wood friendly blades from other sources.

Regarding and their other feeder sites, since they have started using shills with ISPs registered in the Philippines to promote their sites on forums without identifying themselves I have no interest in spending money with them. They are effectively stealing from the forums they shill on, if they want to advertise, pay like everyone else. Then have their “posters” identify themselves as being “part” of the company. If these types of actions don’t bother you feel free to continue to patronize them, I for one will not. I have seen them on numerous forums starting in the last month or so, there are at least 4 on LJ.

Feel free to call me ignorant if you like, I am happy to compare bandsaw blade knowledge with you, if I come up short you are indeed the less ignorant man. If you feel that 12 word sentence was a “rant” I don’t now what would happen if you actually saw a rant. You chose to make it personal, I don’t see any need for that.

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#8 posted 07-02-2012 10:41 AM

I am a big fan of the Starret “Woodpecker” premium blades. Timber Wolf’s are a pretty good second choice for me.

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#9 posted 07-02-2012 02:25 PM

I’m fortunate enough to have a blade company in my area. They cut and weld for the furniture and foam fabricating industry. They weld my blades from bulk stock.
93 1/2” blades (standard-not bi-metal) are about 7 bucks.
Check your area.

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 04:20 PM

Bill, good advise most areas will have an industrial supply that welds blades, if one is buying prepacked blades they are over paying and there is only one prepacked blade I recommend and it is the Olson MVP bi-metal blade, it is unusual because of its thin gauge which makes it easy to tension, on small saws, to the high tension bi-metal needs. One must just check to make sure the supply house are using a quality bandstock, many will weld up cheap spring steel blades if they think you are only cutting wood as many of them outside the big wood use areas deal mainly with metal cutting and often don’t understand wood cutting well.

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#11 posted 07-03-2012 03:35 AM


Calling AHuxley’s first reply a rant shows you don’t know the meaning of the word. It seems to me that he has done a lot of digging viz-a-viz bandsaw blades. Like me, he appears to have his opinions/favorites, but that does not constitute a rant, certainly not an ignorant rant. I think you owe him an apology.

BTW, I looked at out of curiosity. It looked like a pretty sleezy site to me (pressure to buy right from the get go) so I suspect AHuxley is right.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#12 posted 07-03-2012 07:29 PM

Just for reference I have no problem with that ecommerce site itself my only issue with them is the shills for them. They have been showing up on forums in the last month and circumventing the sites advertising. There are at minimum 4 accounts active of this site that do nothing but shill for that site and its feeder sites, that is where my admittedly snide comment at the end of my first post came from. Forums use advertising to make money, either in a profit oriented manner or to cover the costs of running the site in part or in whole. When shills come in a hawk their wares it “steals” the value of advertising on the site, it could put the site in a position to have to close or changes its approach, in that we all lose. If a retailer or manufacturer wants the advertisement pay for it and be open when you use an account to talk about it, otherwise is it like having people follow a newspapers delivery trucks and when they drop off their papers that person place ads in each paper.

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 02:55 PM

Alphonse: IMHO if there was one ” best ” blade, it would be the only one for sale. Use is a big determining factor. Resawing or curve cutting? Saw, radii size, availability, cost tolerance, length, ease of setup, drift and on and on . My two personal prefences in a 93 1/2” blade for a 14” Jet are: for resawing, the Woodslicer from Highland Hardware; and for general use, the All Pro or MVP blades in whatever width that my narrowest radius cut calls for. But, that being said, Carter also makes a good line of curve cutting blades. But these are just my personal preferences arrived at after much trial and error. Hope this helps some.

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 08:55 AM

Try what MichaeL Fortune and other reknowned pros use. Try in Toronto. They use Stasrrett stock, weld quality is excellent, and at under $10.00 each, they are inexpensive. The carbon steel is best, probably no larger than 3/8” for your saw. The right tooth configuration is paramount aand they have them all. They are carbon steel, and I have found they work quite well.

One aside here: bandsaw blades don’t last forever. They get dull, quickly it seems. Don’t throw them away. Go to a site like and learn how to quickly and easily sharpen them. I bought 10 blades last time from BC and am still on the first as I learned how to sharpen. I am starting to wonder if I shall live long enough to use them all.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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