View Poll Results: which bandsaw blades do you use ?

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  • laguna

    3 4.76%
  • olsen

    10 15.87%
  • timberwolf, suffolk machinery

    41 65.08%
  • another brand 1 (please explain)

    17 26.98%
  • another brand 2 """

    2 3.17%
  • another brand 3 """

    1 1.59%
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Thread: what bandsaw blades do you use ?

  1. #1
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    what bandsaw blades do you use ?

    hi all

    just a quick poll to see what bandsaw blades everyone here likes. i thought it was going to be timberwolf , but then i saw a post that wasn't a glowing recomendation like i hear most of the time about them. so what do you use ? i have a 14" jet w/ a riser block so i can resaw 12" if i need to. i haven't pulled the trigger yet on blades, so maybe this post will help me make up my mind. if you have a favorite please speak up and also let me know a ball park price range so i know what i am dealing with. i dont mind spending the money if its going to last a long time, i just want the best bang for my buck
    what are you building today ??

    GRIZZLY

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    Jim, did you forget the poll part, or is it more of a survey?

    I don't think I'd fit into a normal poll anyway, I make my own out of carbon steel stock, usually 1/2" by 4 tpi. Silver soldered at the moment, but I'll start welding them when I get my new old blade welder fixed up - shouldn't take long, 2, 3 years at the outside

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    hi john

    Jim, did you forget the poll part, or is it more of a survey?


    no i didnt forget really i was still doing the post poll thing .... your just that good on timing
    what are you building today ??

    GRIZZLY

  4. #4
    Jim,
    I've been using Timberwolf blades on my 14" w/riser. I called Suffolk and talked with them about my needs, and they recommended a few blades. So far they have held up well.

    FWIW,
    Wes

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    I use the Viking blades from Lee Valley.
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Last edited by Greg Cook; 09-13-2009 at 03:46 AM.

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    I voted "Other #1". I've got a Timberwolf, but I get a smoother cut with my 1/2" Woodslicer from Highland Hardware. (This is on a Shop Fox W1706 14" w/riser.) I get my green wood and scrolling blades from Suffolk, but for the small bit of resawing I've done, the Woodslicer has rocked. A bit slower than the Timberwolf, but worth the wait, IMHO.

    So the full answer is "Several".
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    hi griz, i voted other 1&2 ........i use a trimaster on my big saw and carbon steel blades from ellis mfg on my small one...i consider all carbon steel blades disposable so my suggsetion is to shop for them on price and weld quality..
    once a carbon steel blade starts dulling you`re money ahead to pitch it instead of taking a chance ruining your wood...the dulling will be less noticable if you`re doing scroll work than if you`re resawing and any ol` blade will last well in a scrolling enviornment...
    the carbon blades from ellis run about 10 bucks for 1/2"-4tpi for a mm16 old style. a little less for 1/4"-4tpi....
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    Tod, the 1/4" 4 TPI is what you use for scroll work?

    The ones I'm using now, from Lee Valley are the 1/4" 6 TPI and they are $20 each.

    I think I should order a BUNCH of them for my saw and be done with it for a while.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Mostly, I use Timberwolf on both my saws, but I do still have several Laguna blades for my LT16. I've also boght, and use, blades from Louis Iturra on both my 14", and on the Laguna.
    Jim D.
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