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    bandsaw blades

    I'm a new poster, but read everything you guys post. Don't feel knowledgeable enough to contribute much. With that said, I'm approaching the time to buy a new 1/2 inch bandsaw blade. I would appreciate a few comments on the following.......
    A I know a bandsaw blade is kind of like a girl friend...everyone has their favorite. With that in mind, I would appreciate a few comments on which brand to buy. I currently have been using a timberwolf which has been ok. However,it has not seen any rough service.
    B I have a 14 inch bandsaw, is a 1/2 inch as large as I want to go.
    C Can I resharpen, what tools would I have to buy. I have a saw set.

    Thanks in advance........ Dan

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    Welcome, Dan!

    Happy to offer any suggestions I can. But first, could you give us some idea of what you're going to use the new blade for? What made you land on 1/2"? What kinda cuts will you be making (straight, curved, resawing, bowl blanks, wet wood, dry wood, etc)?
    Jason Beam
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    hi dan!
    i don`t think it wise to run over a 1/2"blade on a 14" cast iron saw.
    i have found the life of carbon steel blades to be pretty much the same so i shop on price. some of the companys use different grinds on the teeth for a somewhat smoother cut, or more set for easier radiuses but honestly there`s not enough difference for me to worry about.
    sharpening a 10$ blade for over an hour is a loosing proposition for me so i don`t bother.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    bandsaw blades

    The blade would be used mostly for resawing. I am attempting to move from pine to hardwood and want a blade that will stand up to the pressure.

    Dan

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    3-4 tooth 1/2" choose a brand.
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    Yes you can but not worth the effort. count the teeth, a 4tpi 93.5" blade has 3740 teeth +- so lets say you can file 3 strokes each at 1 stroke per second giving 2 seconds to progress to the next one... Thats 32+ minutes if you don't let up and tire. then do the set, another 30 minutes at best. if you are like Super pooper sharpening man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    Yes you can but not worth the effort. count the teeth, a 4tpi 93.5" blade has 3740 teeth +- so lets say you can file 3 strokes each at 1 stroke per second giving 2 seconds to progress to the next one... Thats 32+ minutes if you don't let up and tire. then do the set, another 30 minutes at best. if you are like Super pooper sharpening man...
    i`ve got an old foley-belsaw automatic saw filer and all the attachments as well as a setter and i still don`t sharpen
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    I have used 3/4" blades successfully on my 14" bandsaw. I prefer four tooth but note that three tooth gets the most recommendations here.
    I will soon be installing a riser on the saw to give me an increase from 6" to 12" capacity. When that is done, I will use no more than 1/2" blades because trying to tension a 3/4" with the extra flex/weakness built in with the riser there could be problems.

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    bandsaw blades

    Thanks all, appreciate the information.
    Dan

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