What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

Post by James R. Shield » Wed, 14 Jul 1999 04:00:00



Need to replace 105" bandsaw blade used only for cutting circles for bowl
blanks 3-5" thick. What is best brand and TPI? Cost is no object. Jim
 
 
 

What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

Post by Jack Nova » Wed, 14 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Hi James,

     I find the Suffolk band saw blades to be excellent.  I suggest you visit
their web site at:
                    http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/

or give them a call, explaining your needs and they will advise what blade
would be best suited for your purpose.

Jack Novak

Quote:

> Need to replace 105" bandsaw blade used only for cutting circles for bowl
> blanks 3-5" thick. What is best brand and TPI? Cost is no object. Jim


 
 
 

What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

Post by Preachba » Wed, 14 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Packard woodworks sells Olson blades. I use 3 tpi  for about
$12.00.1-800-683-8876
AKB
 
 
 

What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

Post by Howard Kleppe » Wed, 14 Jul 1999 04:00:00


I'm happy with the Timberwolf blades that Suffolk Machinery sells.  For
a lot more money (original poster said price is no object) you can try
the Starrett "Woodpecker" blade, available from MSC.  What width and
tooth spacing depends mainly on the depth and diameter of the blanks you
saw (also on type of wood and whether the wood is green or dry).

I think the point needs to be made that bandsaw blades get dull long
before most people replace them.  I think it's weird when the
manufacturers of "cool blocks" say they extend blade life by enabling
the blade to last longer without breaking.  A blade is dull long, long
before it is so fatigued that it breaks.  I'm happy to have a blade saw
well through a couple of dozen bowl blanks.  If I'm sawing wood that has
high silica content, or through bark that may have silica or dirt, I
may  only get a few bowl blanks before I replace the blade.  They can be
sharpened, but unless it's a big, expensive blade I don't think it's
worth the time.  Bandsaw blades, IMNSHO, are an expendable shop supply.

 
 
 

What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

Post by Tim Schubac » Fri, 16 Jul 1999 04:00:00


I have recently been introduced to Lenox  blades, which cost more than
Olson blades ( I had been using Olson blades previously ), but don't have
as much run-out.  And I don't mean to pick on Olson - I have several blades
that wander, but the Lennox blade does not.

I do a lot of resawing, and the Lenox blade I have for that is just great.
It's a little more aggressive, but it cuts very well, very straight, and no
wandering.  You can get more information at:

        http://www.lenoxsaw.com/



Quote:
> Packard woodworks sells Olson blades. I use 3 tpi  for about
> $12.00.1-800-683-8876
> AKB

 
 
 

What is Best Bandsaw Blade?

Post by bernie mare » Sat, 17 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Brand is not too important. Radius of cut is important.  What I like to keep
on the bandsaw is a 1/4" skip tooth blade.  This cuts most of what a turner
needs.  If you want to do re-saw work get a 1/2" or wider blade because it
will track better for straight cuts.  You want the widest blade that your
saw will take for re-saw.  There are some good books that talk about how to
tune up your bandsaw.
 I built a circle jig to automatically cut circles.  Built a MDF table that
is fastened with screws to my bandsaw top.  Cut a slit for the blade and a
hole with a counterbore that accepts the aluminum plug that covers the hole
in the steel table.  Cut a dovetail slot along side the blade (to the right
of the blade)and made a slide that fits into the slot.  The slide has a pin
that sticks up.  Center of the pin is in line with the front of the blade or
slightly behind the blade.  To cut different diameter circles move the slide
in toward the blade or out away from the blade.  I have a carriage bolt that
rides in a slot cut into the slide that locks the slide in place when I get
the correct radius.  During other bandsaw operations I place a blank slide
into the dovetail slot so my work doesn't fall down into that slot.
Sorry this sounds so complicated.  I could post a photo if people want to
see  this.  Another way to say it simple is to pound a nail into the top of
your bandsaw table at a distance equal to the radius that you want to cut.
Snip the head off the nail so that the nail shank sticks up one half inch.
Drill a 1/2" deep hole about in the center of your blank that matches the
diameter of the nail.  Slip the blank down onto the nail.  Pivot the blank
and it will cut a perfect circle.  My slide works well because I can slide
toward the blade cutting a spiral shape until I get on the circumference
line. Then it cuts a nice round circle.  Good luck.
regards to all
bernie