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02-24-2013 03:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question band saw blade poll

I wanted to start a mini poll of your favorite band saw maker. I have a 12” Craftsman saw and bought a 1/2” Craftsman blade for resawing and some larger cuts, but it doesn’t perform nearly as well as the Olson I have on my smaller, older Rockwell/Delta. The problem is, there is no Woodcraft near me. If I make the hour drive, I want to be prepared with the best info, which is why I turned to you guys.
For hardwoods, resawing, or thicker pieces of stock, which blade have you liked the most?

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 03:50 PM

The only good BS blades I’ve used are Timberwolf, ordered from Suffolk Machinery….they work well on my Cman 12” 22400 BS.

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 04:36 PM

I’m using Timberwolf as well, ordered from Grizzly, used on my Mini Max

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 06:52 PM


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#4 posted 02-24-2013 07:07 PM

I just bought a 105” X 3/4” 3 TPI Carter Accurite this morning at the Woodcraft store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have had good luck with these blades.

By the way, the GR Woodcraft recenly took over the adjacent space and expanded. They now have a much better selection of wood (lots of exotics). More room to display tools, etc. The fellow who was waiting on me claimed that it is now the largest Woodcraft store in the US.

Also by the way (referring to some other threads), they had a Delta table saw, several lathes, drill press, etc. on the store floor. I did not ask if this was the end of their stock. The largest (and best positioned to catch traffic) TS display was Sawstop.

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 07:24 PM

As crazy as it sounds, I’m tempted to build my own:

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 01:37 PM


If you do build your own (good luck with that, by the way—the precision that Mattias has is beyond my simple abilities), what blade do you like?

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 01:40 PM

Timberwolfe,,, I have been making my own from Endco as well and they nice more aggressive then timberwolfe as they can be used for aluminum as well.

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 01:49 PM

+1 on the Timber Wolf. I am planing this week on ordering a backup blade.

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 05:51 PM

For carbon blades, I have Haltbar. General purpose blades – Timberwolf and Lenox.

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 04:07 AM

skyboy_psu – wow, I misread that. Sorry. I somehow missed “blade” in the title.

I really have no input – wish I did. I don’t have a bandsaw yet.

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 03:40 PM

iturra design. no website, but if googled, he can be found in florida. best welds on BS blades. unlike many users, i’m off t-wolf blades. 4 new blades all had misaligned welds. there’s a reason they sell four for the price of three, and it isn’t quality.

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 06:22 PM

Starrett makes BS blades in every width and pitch for metal and wood cutting. Their 3T skip tooth blade is one of the finest blades I’ve ever used; the weld is absolutely invisible. They manufacture a lot of blade stock, so I suspect it finds it’s way into the blade inventories of many blade suppliers who don’t actually manufacture their own blades. They would buy stock and weld them up into popular length blades. You have to custom order Starrett blades from an industrial supplier like Wholesale Tool.

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 06:26 PM

This may not be the right place, but I am considering getting a Timberwolf 4 TPI 80” blade for my Craftsman band saw. Since so many of you are recommending it on this thread I figured I’d ask a couple of questions about them. Typically how long do your blades last? Do you resharpen your blades?

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 07:50 PM

There are blades from Timber that are not properly welded. I own one and I have it for half a year already . And I don’t really resharpen my blades. I don’t really DIY-ing and my blades don’t dull that fast. Bandsaw blade life would depend on how you take care of it .

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#15 posted 02-28-2013 05:04 AM

I like my Laguna blades…

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