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***.