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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-16-2018, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Default Seeking Bandsaw Blade Recommendations and Insight

I would appreciate any recommendations and insight in regard to bandsaw blades.

My shop presently consists of a 10" table saw, a 10" radial arm saw, scroll saw, router & table, as well as a selection of handheld power tools and other items. I am purchasing a bandsaw to increase my capabilities and am now down to finalizing my blade selection. After much research and consideration I have chosen the Laguna 18BX. (Sidenote: At some point in the future I may possibly purchase a 10" Rikon (or perhaps a used 14" saw) for smaller / detail work and to fill the gap between my scroll saw and the 18BX, but until then the 18BX will be my only bandsaw and I have other equipment needs before an additional bandsaw.)

18" bandsaw
Motor - 3hp, 230v
Blade length - 145"
Blade width - 1/8" to 1-1/4"
Resaw capacity - 16"
Throat - 18-7/32"
Guides - Laguna Ceramic
Weight - 410 lbs

My most frequent tasks will be:

General woodworking with a variety of wood ranging in thickness from 3/8" to 3/4", as well as 2" thick stock. Projects will include a multitude of decorative and craft-type projects, furniture making (primitive & simple designs and not so much fine furniture), and similar projects.

Resaw work will include a multitude of full 2" thick boards ranging in width from 5-1/4" - 8". I have a one-room schoolhouse (unfortunately beyond affordable restroation) that has an addition that was used for farm-type purposes, and I will be dismantling the building and repurposing the wood into useful products, requiring some of this wood will be resawn into thinner stock.

I may also do some limited tinkering around with a smaller log sections to create cookies or similar cuts, or to possibly create an occasional small project board. This will be conducted within the capabilities of the saw and my other equipment (chain saw, etc.) will be used where appropriate.

Also, my eventual plans are to obtain a portable sawmill to make use of the many hardwoods on my 103 acre tree farm. This wood will be cut to size, air or solar-kiln dried and used for a variety of projects, occasionally requiring further cutting and resawing on the bandsaw or other equipment.

Bandsaw blade collection I am considering:

Laguna Resaw King (carbide), 1", 3-4 Variable TPI

Lenox Diemaster 2 (bi-metal), 1/2", 4 TPI, Skip Tooth

Lenox Diemaster 2 (bi-metal), 3/8", 10-14 Variable TPI

Lenox Diemaster 2 (bi-metal), 1/4", 6 TPI, Skip Tooth

My intent is to be able to perform a multitude of functions with the saw, and additionally to learn of and refine my personal bandsaw abilities & needs. I have a preference toward quality and longevity, and thus my choice of brand-name carbide and bi-metal blades.

Any thoughts or opinions are welcome and it can be most helpful to hear of real world experience. I have done several hours of research but want to be sure I am on the right path before making a purchase.

Attached are pictures of the school and some of the type of products the saw will be used for. (Note: The school picture is mine, the others were obtained elsewhere.)

Thank you in advance!
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I can't make a blade recommendation but I can tell you how much I like the projects you have done. I love the expressions on all your characters and I particularly like the rabbit.

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I also can't make a blade suggestion, but I wanted to say that I like the snowmen.
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I have the 1" Resaw King on my 14" Laguna SUV. I've been mighty impressed and highly recommend the blade. I also have a 3/8 Laguna blade which works well, but isn't as impressive.

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I've seen several of Alex's videos and the info has been very helpful. Definitely a good resource and a nice demonstration of the set-up and abilities of a bandsaw. I don't think I will be challenging the Snodgrass speed though which is, both impressive and scary. lol

I can only claim credit for the school picture and the others were obtained elsewhere (I edited my post for clarification). The pictures were pretty cool though and are the type of items I am seeking to make. With the amount of wood I have available (and the practically unlimited supply of wood on my property) I have been seeking neat and creative project ideas, of which there can be a wealth of online.
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Hi Art. Alex is pretty impressive in person... he's been doing the show circuit for a long time and is really as good as he looks in the video. I've got one of Carter's blades (1/2"x3tpi) and am very happy with it.


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This is what I use the carbide impregnated blades.

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I have heard from a lot of people that the Resaw King is about the best. I have a 14" Grizzly and use a 1/2" and 3/16th Timber Wolf blades. The Timber Wolf blades are suposed to one of the best blades and that is all I have ever used. For all things curvey I really like the 3/16" blade. Anything really curvey I have a scrollsaw.

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I think your blade size selection is very good. All my research shows very high ratings for the Resaw king. Lennox has an excellent reputation. I have a smaller laguna, and have a 3/16th fine blade instead of the 1/4 inch blade. I like Timber Wolf blades and have them for my small saw. Nice. But I don't think you'll go wrong with your selection.

Those are some very nice pieces. I agree with Gaffboat about the expressions on your character's faces. The offset grin on the snowman is particularly neat.

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