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So I've had the Laguna 14-12 for a few years and have used a few blades and really like the saw. What I've seen over the use is some blades that do well and others not so much. I've used mostly Timberwolf blades but the last few I bought had weld issues causing the blades not to run true. You could see them moving forward and backwards, not side to side.

Laguna sent me one of their 1/2" blades which did an excellent job cutting and I have a Wood Slicer 1/2" and 3/4" resaw blade of which I've only used the 1/2" which again did an excellent job. I really think using 3/4" blades on the 14-12 is pushing it as the front and rear of the blade isn't fully supported and tends to travel a bit. I set my blades so they track the center of the tire which eliminates any run out in my cuts. They run true and straight.

There are a number of blades out there and for some reason the 115" that the 14-12 take seem to be an off size, available from all it seems but maybe custom so not in stock. I've wanted to try the Carter brand but again not a stock size and by time you figure in shipping they get fairly pricey. Hoping I can order some and have them deliver at the Chantilly Woodworkers Show that my son and I are going to.

But the real question is what blades do you find work really well for you? This would be the general purpose blades not resawing, I'm happy with what I'm using now. I will also be adding the Carter Stabilizer to my band saw for using 3/", 1/4", and smaller blades.
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I haven't really found a single blade that I'm in love with, or even like. I've also found that not all blades are exactly the length claimed. I have one 93.5 that fits inside another 93.5. It was closer to 92.5 and required major adjustment to get to fit. Drove me crazy until I figured that out, could barely get it on my saw. I have 4 others that are within simple tensioning distance. The outlier (inlier?) was a Carter, by the way. They were not very helpful when I contacted them. I think it was a mismarked 92.5

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I have the same saw and have settled into their 4tpi, half inch blade for general use. Their Resaw King is really nice, but I haven't really used it much. The half inch blade does a good job of resawing also, but if I were resawing a tall piece, I prefer the 3/4 Resaw King. I have half inch down to 3/16ths for my small, benchtop Rikon, with 72.5 inch blades. It will resaw much better than I have a right to expect using a 4 tpi blade. All my small saw blades are Timberwolf and they are quite good. If I have to replace the 14-12 blades, I'll give the Timberwolfs a try.

BTW, on any bandsaw blade, I always round over the back edge with a stone, and it always smooths out the operation of the saw and makes it a little easier to turn the blade for a curved piece, and it makes it a little easier to back the workpiece off the blade.

I like the cool blocks on the Laguna far better than the fiddly Carter guides on my old Delta and the new Rikon. They are intuitive to use.
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Like Phil I don't know that I'm in love with any brand yet. I used to get them made locally from Sandvik coil stock I think. Lately I've been getting mine from Stockroom Supply on this side of the border. They custom make whatever you need and mine isn't stck either. I have an 18" that uses a 128" blade. I used to do my resawiing with a 1 1/4" 2/3 tooth per inch. It broke recently after quite a few years of use. My saw is only rated for 1" wide but it worked fine. Steve being unsupported across the width as it goes around the wheels isn't important. It's still flat where the teeth meet the wood.

You need a few different blades. I have one meant for sawing green wood. I guess it has more set to do that. Smaller blades for thinner material should have more teeth. My bandsaw book by Mark Duginske says that there should be 3 to 4 teeth in the wood when cutting so that affects what you need. Too many teeth is not good. I found out the hard way on that. The blade doesn't eject the sawdust fast enough and runs fairly hot because of it.
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We have the Laguna 14SUV and the only blade I have ever had on it is the 1" Resaw King, so I may not be much help to you. It's a great blade for resawing which is all I do on this bandsaw. I use my 12" King-Seeley for every other bandsaw need.

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My saw uses a 111" and so far timberwolf has worked well for me, I have 1 grizzly 3/16" for bandsaw boxes and it runs good, because I have a 1 1/2 hp motor I don't push it with a 3/4" balde only use up to a 1/2"
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My Laguna 14-14 SUV has been collecting dust with it's 1" Resaw King for a couple of years but I finally put a 1/2" Timberwolf on it and now it gets used a little more.
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I'm with most of the replies... Good results from the Timberwolf and Woodslicer 1/2" for resawing the 3/4" a little too much for my Grizzly 14" w/riser kit. I use the smaller Carter blades with the Carter Stabilizer for smalls. I'm not crazy over the Carter blades. I popped one but I was pushing it beyond the norm.... a $30 oopsie.
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Pix of the gadget I use to roundover the back edges of the blade. And also a chart showing minimum radius for different size blades. With my old saw, I used a number of Olson blades, ok, but short life before dulling

A few years ago I visited Laguna's warehouse/shop in Newport Beach, CA. Got to fondle the big saws, but also watched their automatic sharpening machine working on the Resaw King blades. Huge machine making tiny steps. I can see why that company has such good gear after watching how they set up their products. A friend on that visit bought on of their 18 inch Italian made saws. 4 grand, plus another 2 grand in accessories. The bearings on that saw were heavy as heck, no wonder they never go up for sale used.
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I'll have to look into one Tom. I bent a 1/4" blade trying to do a 1/2" radius curve on the sliding table project. Didn't get the result I expected. I should have had a stabilizer on.
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