I am lucky to have a Lennox blade dealer here in town, and can get
anything that I need from him. For general bowl blank roughing a
bimetal blade works best. They last a lot longer than other blades.
While I haven't used anything else, I have several friends who have
switched to them and this is what they have told me. They are a utility
blade and good for rough work. I do have a carbide tipped blade that
costs about double what a bimetal blade does (150 inch by 1 1/4 blade
$75 to $180). I did use one for bowl blanks for a while just to see how
they did. They work fine, but don't seem to last any longer. They are
made for resawing board stock, and the dealer said that they are a must
have if you are planning to resaw your own veneers. I can get a surface
that needs almost no sanding with them, but are overkill for bowls.
> I concur with Darrell. The problem with me is when I am not careful I break
> the blade when I get around blanks.
> I soon learned that (with my band saw) the base of the blank has to be
> square with the blade. Otherwise the blade binds and breaks.
> Replacing a broken carbide blade is more expensive than a metal one.
> When selecting a carbide blade I would inquire about the teeth configuration
> to cut green wood. For the average band saw a 4 skip tooth works good.
> That is 4 teeth per inch with one racker. A large band saw work fine with a
> 3 teeth per inch with one racker.
> Let us know how you make out with the carbide blade.
> > Steve
> > I get regular bandsaw blades from http://tufftooth.com/ and find both the
> > blades and the service excellent. They also have silicon steel blades
> > similar to the Timber Wolf and these are excellent as well. I sharpen my
> > blades a la Steve Russell and find that i get about three sharpenings per
> > blade before metal fatigue sets in on my 72" blade.
> > If you do go the carbide route it would be nice to know how it works out.
> > --
> > God bless and safe turning
> > Darrell Feltmate
> > Truro, NS Canada
> > www.aroundthewoods.com
> > I am needing to purchase a new bandsaw blade. I have had good luck
> > with the timberwolf 3tpi x 1/2" blades but they dont seem to last very
> > long. I mainly use my Grizzly G1019 (w/ riser ) bandsaw for cutting
> > blanks before mounting on my jet 1236. I do trim most of the blanks
> > with a chainsaw before making round on bandsaw. So there is still some
> > bark which is probably dulling the blade. I mainly use green wood that
> > is about 6" deep or less.
> > So what are everyone thoughts on carbide blades for rounding blanks.
> > Here is the one I was looking at purchasing.
> > http://www.grizzly.com/products/H6998
> > At $53 if it would out last two timberwolf blades it would be more
> > economical.
> > Thanks for your thoughts,
> > Steve Massman