I Noticed A Big Difference
Readers of my T&Ps will recall that I installed a Tri Master Lenox blade on my 17" band saw sometime back and that it broke after several months of use. It was sent in for repair. In the mean time I had installed a Lenox Bi Metal blade which also broke two days ago, after several months of use, so I re-installed the one that had been repaired. It broke again almost immediately after installing it.
Well, when the first blade broke several months ago, Lenox just sent me a brand new replacement blade no questions asked, all I did was phone and ask ab out their warranty. Well I installed it today.
Now here is what this thread is really about. After installing the original blade it did not cut any different than any other half inch blade, I thought, well, the cut is much cleaner, almost rivaling the cut from a TS as advertised, I figured that the blade would just last a long time which probably will, even if it has to be re-welded, but that can't be done to many times as it gets shortened a tad each time that it is fixed or so I have been told by the people that do the welding.
O.K., now back to the ooint, the second blade cuts through QS white Oak like butter, a real difference. Makes me wonder if that first blade was maybe a defective blade and Lenox may have been suspect of it and might be the reasonwhy they were wo quick to send me a replacement blade. By the way keep in mind that these blades cost $177 a copy.
I had been disappointed in the first blade thinking that it would cut more aggressively and it didn't, but man, the replacement blade is really sweet, well worth the cost if it will not break.
I have done my best to set the tension accordint to the instruction manual this time which I had not done earlier. However, I cannot tell by feel any difference in the tension setting as per the manual compared to what I had been setting it before. So, I'm hoping that this blade will last for awhile. I'm sending the other two in to be re-welded.