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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-06-2014, 04:27 PM
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I talked at length to a tech support person at Lenox before buying the blade and was never told that the blade was primarily designed for cutting metal.
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You maybe didn't know it, but when you get into big saws (over 20in and running 1-1/4in or wider blades) it is easily possible if you are careless to crank-on so much tension that you rip the blades apart, normally at the weld. The saw I was referring to had got an unreliable tension indicator, so a Starrett tension gauge was a good way to approach it (first a blade is on, after that we just referred to settings we noted in a book). The thicker body material of a 1-1/4in TCT blade over a carbon steel or bi-metallic means that it needs a fair amount of tension to pull it straight, especially if the saw in question is run with a power stock feeder a lot of the time. Feeding hardwoods at 3 to 5 metres/min can tend to bow the blade (sometimes in two axis) unless you work to the manufacturers spec regarding tension. Hand feeding creates fewer issues and in any case you can easily see if you don't have sufficient tension by sawing a tall piece then checking if the sawn face is flat or not - if it is convex or concave you don't have enough tension

I was buying these blades in the late 1990s when they were new on the market over here and when there was absolutely no competition. It was the rep who told me who their main customers were for the blades - a couple of aerospace firms and a metals recycler - and that their uses were the rasion d'etre for these blades. They were very surprised when I ordered my first pair of blades and told them what I intended to use them for

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My comment about Lenox Tri-master bandsaw blades is really more about the retailers. I was doing a lot of resawing and decided to pop for one figuring the price to be about $150 for a 105” blade. (My saw is a 14” Delta with a riser block.) I looked up who in the area carried or sold Lenox and Fastenal was the closest place (I live in So Oregon) and it was listed as also being certified welder of Lenox blades. I was quoted $255. I thought that was wrong so the salesman double checked—Yes $255 was the price. I a cheap so I didn’t buy it.

At home I got online again, found all the placed that sold Lenox and started calling. Here are the prices I was quoted:
Fastenal in Phoenix Oregon $255, Bandsawbladeking.com $211, Bandsawbladeking.com $211, Bandsawbladesdirect.com $153.72, Spectrum Supply $130.88, Hastingssaws.com $135.51 (free shipping on orders over $75), Airgas in Medford OR $195, Motion Industries also in Medford OR $171.59.

Keep in mind none of them had the blade in stock and would order it for me from Lenox. I took the various quotes to Fastenal because I have used them before and they are convenient. The answer was well the price is the price we don’t sell much Lenox pick a different brand.

I ordered it from Hastingssaws.com in California and am very pleased with their service and with the blade.

I offer one other suggestion. If you are not resawing a lot try the Highland Hardware “wood slicer” blade. It is not carbide but it has a thinner kerf and cuts very well. I just hate changing bandsaw blades since I must readjust my rip fence every time I install a new blade. I have used all the setup tricks that have been written about not needing to adjust for drift if the saw is set up correctly—bullsh***.
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