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    What bandsaw blade?

    Well, it looks like I've ruined the blade on my Jet 14" bandsaw. I was cutting the front off the handle of a chisel and hit the thick copper ferrule .

    What type of blade is recommended for cutting bowl blanks to round? How many tpi, how wide?

    Thanks,

    George

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    George,
    I use a 3 TPLI 3/8" and it seems to work good. I only borke one in a little over a year.

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    I called Suffolk Machinery and bought whatever they recommended for cutting green bowl blanks on a 14" bandsaw. It's a 1/2" 3tpi with alternate set teeth, and it chews through green wood like a champ. I bent the first one I bought doing something stupid shortly after first using it, but I liked enough of what I saw in the few minutes of use that I bought two more to replace the bent one.

    I've been cutting blanks out of 8" to 10" thick eucalyptus, and I can cut a tight enough radius for my needs (6" diameter or so) with the 1/2" blade. A 3/8" blade would cut tighter a radius, if you're doing smaller stuff.

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    My only experience buying good quality BS blades (how's that for an oxymoron? ) were with Timberwolf blades purchased through Suffolk Machinery. They have a 443 promo code...buy 3 get one free.

    I also hear good things about Lennox, Olsen Pro, and Woodslicer but have not used them on my saw.
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    george, my experience with hss blades is that they all seem to cut about the same for a given tooth count. personally i never use blades with more than 4 teeth per inch and for green wood less is better, so is a fairly agressive set. the more hook a blade has the easier it`ll cut when sharp but the quicker it`ll dull....blades are a disposable item so play around `till you find a configuration that suites your work......now the carbide units are a whole `nuther animal, they`re not disposable and really aren`t suitable for green wood or 14" saws so steer clear of them.....tod
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    Tod, I promptly forgot the brand of those bandsaw blades you showed me. What was it? I believe it began with an "E". Prices were good. My T'wolfs seem to go dull about a minute after I open the package.

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    ellis mfg. in wisc......
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    for just cutting bowl blanks, no need to go expensive. With that in mind, you can have a quality blade at a descent price. Olson Blades, I don't have any online dealers in mind, I buy a handful every year at the annual wood show. Some thing like $12/ blade. 3/8" @ 3pti

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Jones View Post
    for just cutting bowl blanks, no need to go expensive. With that in mind, you can have a quality blade at a descent price. Olson Blades, I don't have any online dealers in mind, I buy a handful every year at the annual wood show. Some thing like $12/ blade. 3/8" @ 3pti
    I run mostly Olson's on my 14". Hartville Tools carries my odd size. 92.5"

    For my 20", I use countryside saw and tool. Same bands I used to run on my woodmizer mill

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    ellis mfg. in wisc......
    Thanks.

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