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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I need to resaw some various hardwoods into 1/4" boards and cut the top off boxs I make. Also general use in the shop.

The question is what 3 blades would you buy for these uses? could be less then 3 if there is a great all around blade.

I am just starting on the bandsaw and am reading about different TPI and bimetal vs. carbide ect.

I have an older 10" Rockwell with 1/2 HP motor.

Any help is appreciated.

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A 3 TPI blade is best for resawing. Timberwolf or Woodslicer blades seem to be the favourites.
A 6 TPI blade is good for general work. If you need smoother cuts consider a 10 TPI blade. If I had to choose 3 blades those would be the 3.
Blade width is dependent on the types of work you are doing and your saw capacity. If you are going to be cutting tight radii consider narrower blades. The wider the blade the harder your saw works. Your saw manual may give you suggestions on blade widths.

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The more teeth the slower the push. The difference in the speed of cut between my 6 tpi and 4 tpi (both hook) is obvious.

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Mike,
I've always used the Woodslicer from Highland Hardware. It's a fantastic resaw blade and affordable. This blade is great for ripping and general purpose work as well. It's usually on my bandsaw all the time since I don't use it for cutting tight radius curves very often.

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Default Lots of choices

Thanks for the help!

I think I will try a wood slicer and then get a 6 TPI 1/4" to try also.

I am going to try a 1/16" blade to play with when I get some extra cash. Looks like fun on the vidio. Like to try some scroll stuff.
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I've attached a PDF I "printed to PDF" from Suffolk Machinery "did you know". They make Timberwolf blades. On this page they talk about choosing the number of teeth based upon wood thickness.

I've also attached their blade chart.

On their site they recommend calling them for a recommendation on which blade will work best on your saw / motor combination and what you are going to cut. Their web page makes it sound like you'd get to talk with someone who knows blades.

Suffolk Machinery Corp. - Timber Wolf Band Saw Blades
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Default Low tension blades

thanks for the links Jim

I hadn't heard of low tension blades. I will do some research on it and I will call the company and pick there brain. I am also going to measure my wheels and ck against the formula.

Have you used these low tension blades and if so what where your results?

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Mike R & all,

These are Timberwolf blades that people above are talking about, I think?

Please speak out if I've misspoken.

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Have you used these low tension blades and if so what where your results?

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I use a Timberwolf 1/2" 3tpi 105" blade for resawing. The "Flutter method" described on the back of a Timberwolf blade package is the best way to set the tension.
I have never had a cupped resaw yet. I get them at Woodcraft.

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I just ordered some Timberwolf blades from Suffolk. If it is important to anyone, they accept a check over the phone and ship COD as well as taking bank cards.

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