Is a 3/4 3tpi timber wolf blade to large for my 14 inch 1 hp band saw?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by DocSavage45 posted 03-16-2015 04:10 AM 1962 views 1 time favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View DocSavage45's profile


8856 posts in 3319 days

03-16-2015 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw milling

Thought I would upgrade my Go555 to ripsaw small logs with my band saw? Just received a post from Randy aka Blackie that the Timber Wolf 3/4 3 tpi blade Blade I ordered may be too large for my saw? Thought I could make the saw more efficient as there would be less flex with a thicker blade.

Are any of you LJ’s using a 3/4 blade on a 14 inch saw with a riser. Am I naive and should I send the blade back when I get it for a smaller blade.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

30 replies so far

View a1Jim's profile


117708 posts in 4054 days

#1 posted 03-16-2015 04:13 AM

Hi Tom
Have tried to put it on your BS ?

View MrUnix's profile (online now)


7466 posts in 2675 days

#2 posted 03-16-2015 04:16 AM

A stock 14” BS will handle a 3/4” blade, but it’s pretty much at it’s limit and fairly easy to bend/break stuff like the upper pivot wheel bracket. With a riser, I wouldn’t go bigger than 1/2”, but I’m sure there will be lots of people who will tell you to go for it (it’s not their saw :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View wooded's profile


367 posts in 2748 days

#3 posted 03-16-2015 04:34 AM

Hey Tom, I use the half in. Tim wlf 3 per inch 90% of the time on my extended 14 b saw . I’m certainly no expert but I don’t know what a 3/4 would do that a 1/2 wouldn’t . Dont’t overtighten that tim wolf as I did at first then got fine results after backing off some. Joe (I do believe that a good 14 will handle the 3/4 as far power.) ;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

View ElChe's profile


630 posts in 1813 days

#4 posted 03-16-2015 04:51 AM

A 3/4” blade is testing the limits on your bandsaw but doable although I think you’d be happier with a 1/2” blade.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

View distrbd's profile


2252 posts in 2923 days

#5 posted 03-16-2015 05:03 AM

The widest I have put on my 14” bandsaw is 5/8” ,it’s been 2 years and so far there’s no sign of metal fatigue.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

View DocSavage45's profile


8856 posts in 3319 days

#6 posted 03-16-2015 05:57 AM


Haven’t gotten it yet. Mathius Wendal who is an engineer and woodworkergave an explaination regarding the rigidity of the blades. since my saw has 3/4 on the tensioner I thought it might be an extra in easing the cutting.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View DocSavage45's profile


8856 posts in 3319 days

#7 posted 03-16-2015 05:58 AM

TThanks Brad. I will take your cousel into my decision making.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View DocSavage45's profile


8856 posts in 3319 days

#8 posted 03-16-2015 06:01 AM


May return the 3/4 blade and order a 1/2 inch. I have an Olsen 1/2 inch 3pi that I have been using. Hadn’t considered the blade would be too much for the saw. I have a lot of seasoned logs that have little moisture in them and they have to be cut or tossed.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View DocSavage45's profile


8856 posts in 3319 days

#9 posted 03-16-2015 06:02 AM


Thanks for the input.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View bigblockyeti's profile


5890 posts in 2197 days

#10 posted 03-16-2015 11:08 AM

How thick is the blade? If too thick it could be very difficult for the saw frame and hardware to generate enough tension in the blade. The tighter radius of a 14” wheel instead of that on say a 17” – 20” saw could cause premature blade failure due to fatigue.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

2737 posts in 3398 days

#11 posted 03-16-2015 01:48 PM

I resaw a lot of 8” and wider cedar and maple on my GO555 using a 1/2” carbide saw blade from “Supercut” Cuts well and lasts a long time. The blade is about $25 and will also cut logs safely if you have a jig for that or just a tall resaw fence if you are careful.

-- No PHD just a DD214

View Bill White's profile

Bill White

5224 posts in 4437 days

#12 posted 03-16-2015 02:47 PM

I have the 0555LX. The 3/4” blade is too big for that saw.

-- [email protected]

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 3785 days

#13 posted 03-16-2015 03:03 PM

Tom… I have a 14” Powermatic with a riser block and tried the 3/4 blade several years ago. I had so much difficulty with it and with all the frustration I ended up staying the “1/2” wood slicer from Highland. I have found it to be the absolute best blade I have found so far.
I have the 1/2’ Timberwolf blade also but prefer the Woodslicer.

View jumbojack's profile


1689 posts in 3101 days

#14 posted 03-16-2015 03:16 PM

Like Greg I too tried the 3/4” blade but could not get it to preform as good as a 1/2” woodslicer. The Timber Wolf rides the wheels when I am cutting questionable logs, I save the Woodslicer for stuff I want to come out really nice.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

View MrRon's profile


5659 posts in 3720 days

#15 posted 03-16-2015 03:56 PM

Most bandsaws won’t fully tension a 1/2” blade let alone a 3/4” one. There was a bandsaw review a few years ago that listed the tensions obtained on different brands. I believe Ridgid had the highest tension ability.

showing 1 through 15 of 30 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics