I had a Grizzly G0457 14" bandsaw. Grizzly says that the length for the
blade is 106". I would like to change the blade to a Timberwolf or
Woodslicer, but they only offer blades at a 105" length. Question is, will
the 105" blade work or am I limited to buying Grizzly only blades?
You can definitely measure the blade while it's on the machine. If
it's a ways off the standard 105", most "real" bandsaw blade retailers
will weld blades to any length you want (i.e. www.suffolkmachinery.com,
which I believe is the manufacturer for timberwolf blades, although
there's been some discussion here of declining quality recently. Or
call Iturra Designs and get one of their catalogs, which has a number
of very informative articles as well as a variety of bandsaw blades and
accessories - 1-888-722-7078 - unfortunately they don't have a website)
Hope this helps,
How much can you adjust the top wheel? Mine moves several inches. To adjust
for the difference between 105 and 106, you only have to change the position of
the top wheel by 1/2".
If the only blade available were longer, you could get into the problem of the
top wheel hitting the cover when adjusted upward.
I use 105" blades on my Ridgid but I back off enough tension when blade changing
to see that it would probably take a 103" blade, so my guess is that a 106"
bandsaw would have no problem using a 105" blade...
The only problem that I can foresee is that if it truly requires a 106" blade
(which I kind of doubt), then your tension gauge might not read correctly for
your initial adjustment???
Both timberwolf and the HH woodslicer can be ordered at a custom length (at
no additional charge, I beleive). I have done so.... However, for the WS, HH
made me wait about 4 weeks... their web site says that it can be up to 6.
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