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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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I'm gettig ready buy a Grizzly Band Saw, the saw that I am buyng is the GO513P the Polar Model, and I am wondering about what blades to buy, what brand etc. I have never owned or used a Band Saw before but from the reviews that I have read, the blades that come with new saws are not of the highest quality and so I will be buying second party blades, I want good ones and probably an assortment of widths in that I have no peticular project going on for the saw, just want one in my shop. Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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Jerry, you may just want a few, as opposed to a wide assortment. A small 1/4 with FEW teeth will be of benifit, actually any width blade, get FEW teeth, 3-4 per inch. More teeth will clog and heat the blade the blade will start to wander. Anybody else? This is just 1 mans opinion. But I hope it helps. Oh, I like "wood slicer" blades, not cheep, but good!


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Call these guys. It's the only place I buy band saw blades.

Woodcraft Bands Inc, (not to be confused with Woodcraft (the store)

Very good prices, quality blades, FAST shipping. If you are unsure what blade you need, just tell John or James what you are doing, and they can tell you the best blade for your application.

Be sure to CALL them though. They are old school, and they are a little slower if you order online. If you call them, they will ship the same day unless they have to make your blade(s)

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These come highly recommended and they will help you with your selection if you give them a call.

Suffolk Machinery - Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blades
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Timber Wolf they are low tension blades and the teeth are made differently than most blades. I bought a few Grizzly blades and would never do it again.
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Since it has these specs:

Motor: 2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, 60 Hz, TEFC capacitor start induction
Prewired voltage: 220V
Amps: 20A at 110V, 10A at 220V
Maximum cutting height: 12"
Blade size: 131-1/2" long
Blade sizes available: 1/8" - 1" wide
Blade speeds: 1700 & 3500 FPM
Blade guides: Euro-style roller disc with full enclosure protection

It is a mean resawing machine (1" blade - 12" max cutting height)
You can make your own veneers.
The other widths (1/8" on up to 1/2") determine the radius of the cut.

Get a book. Watch videos. Make sawdust.
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Versatile, safe and not that loud.
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The secret to success with any saw is having a sharp blade. A 1/4" blade works well for most curved cuts, a resaw blade for straight cuts. I bought a Timberwolf resaw blade and am happy with the cuts I get from it. When I bought my Steel City 14" Deluxe bandsaw it came with a 1/4" blade and I have no idea of the brand, it works fine. Marsh power tools threw in a 1/2" Delta blade and I have yet to use it.

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Well, if you're just wanting a bandsaw to have one in your shop, just I'd start with the blade that comes with it, and see how that satisfies your wants/needs.
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What I said about just having a band saw in my shop was not really a good thing to say, actually I am hoping to use it for several things, one of which is to cut the tops of off jewelry boxes, cut workpieces that are curved, do some re-sawing and what ever, what I should have said is that I don't have a peticular project going on right now that I need a band saw for. My shop won't be complete until I have the band saw and a scroll saw.

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Hey Ralph, I ordered the GO513X2F saw today somewhat at your suggestion as well as other research. The larger table and cast iron fence sounded like a good idea to me. I also am buying three Timberwolf blades to try, I know that the folks answering my question about blades have made several suggestions and I will experiment with them as time goes by. For now, the Timberwolf brand is what I will try first.

Right now, my biggest problem is that the delivery truck won't come into my driveway and my shop is about 200 yards from the shop. I will have to load the band saw, and a new jointer, model GO604ZX, into my pickup and then use a chain hoist in the shop to unload it, going to be a big job for old 74 year old guy, but I'm still pretty strong and willing to try, probably will get some help if I can. I can't give the go ahead on the delivery until after my wife has back surgery which is scheduled for May 8th and I will be with her until she gets home, after that I can give the the delivery people the green light. I have to be here of course when the machines arrive.

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