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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all. I have another non-router question.
My son has an old Craftsman 10" bandsaw that uses 56 7/8" blades. He's just learning to bandsaw and is having problems cutting a tight radius with his 1/4" blade. I recommended going to a 3/16 blade. He is having trouble finding a 3/16 in the 56 7/8 length. You can order them from Sears, but they're on back order.
A couple of places locally have 3/16 in a 56 1/8 length. Has anyone any experience with substituting a shorter blade (3/4" shorter) and taking up on the blade tension? I haven't looked yet to see if there's enough adjustment left to take up that much. Thanks. Jim

P.S. I'm also asking this on a couple of other forums, so if you see it again, disregard.
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Jim, check HERE. Timber Wolf bandsaw blades are hard to beat.

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Craftsman 1/8 x 56-7/8 in. Band Saw Blade, 15TPI, Regular Tooth - Tools - Replacement Blades - Band Saw Blades

I would use a 1/8" for tight radius cuts. This link has free in store pick up.
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I buy all of my bandsaw blades here. Woodcraftbands.com

Give them a call. I promise that you won't be disappointed.
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If the blade will fit then it can be used. Often times blades are not the exact length as advertised.
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Try to make some inquiries with BandSaw Blades Online - Custom Welded Band Saw Blades . I purchase saw blades with them.
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I get on great with blades from Tuff Saws!, Quality Bandsaw Blades in all sizes.
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Does anybody sell and or distribute bad band saw blades. I doubt if they would remain in business if they did, so what difference does it meke what brand you buy. We all have our preferences but if one blade was truly superior to the others I suspect that it would be the only one being sold. Just a thought.

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Does anybody sell and or distribute bad band saw blades. I doubt if they would remain in business if they did, so what difference does it meke what brand you buy. We all have our preferences but if one blade was truly superior to the others I suspect that it would be the only one being sold. Just a thought.

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For instance, some companies make carbide tipped bandsaw blades, but at over $100.00(at least for my saw) many will choose less expensive blades. There is widely varying quality in bandsaw blades just as in most other things! I have certainly picked up a couple of junk tablesaw blades over the years!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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For instance, some companies make carbide tipped bandsaw blades, but at over $100.00(at least for my saw) many will choose less expensive blades. There is widely varying quality in bandsaw blades just as in most other things! I have certainly picked up a couple of junk tablesaw blades over the years!

Duane,

Of course you are right and I see what you are saying. My question was a little out of line.

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