bandsaw blades - what type for what?

Just starting to look at bandsaws. There's a variety of blades available. Which blade does one use for what purpose? Is there an FAQ somewhere? pete
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Go to Lee Valley, they offer Viking. Good and reasonable price blades. You really can't go wrong with their blades.

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There are a variety of blades that you chose based on the material you cut - e.g. wood, plastic, non-ferrous metals, etc. Assuming you're a woodworker and you'll be cutting wood - there are still some subcategories based on: - what kind of cuts you'll be making (resawing) - the ability of your bandsaw to handle a blade (i.e. 14" hobbiest bandsaws usually can't tension some blades) - your desire to cut tight curves (more of a blade width issue, granted) - your budget - your personal beliefs in the low-tension/high-tension debate

There's great reading at the Suffolk Saw website - and some nice suggestions on how to start. I called them and said: "Hi! I'm a weekend idiot who wastes a lot of wood. I just bought a 14" bandsaw and would like your suggestions on 2 or 3 blades to start with."
He rattled them off.
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Thank you! I'm also looking at some demos and classes on woodworking and will ask some questions there too.
FWIW, I'm looking to try some laminating projects, simple ones to be sure!
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Get hold of the book, Bandsaw Handbook by Mark Duginske.This book will give you all the information you need to know. mike
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The following is from Delta Handbook for 14" bandsaw (vintage 1947).               Teeth and FPM
Material         Under 1/16"    1/16 -1/4"     - 1"    Over 1"
Aluminum         18    2200    14    2200    6    340    6    340 Asbestos Sheets    24    2200    14    340    14    340    10    340 Babbit-Lead         14    2200    14    2200    6    340    6    340 Brass              18    2200    14    340    14    340    8    250 Bronze (Soft)    18    340    14    340    10    250    8    175 Bronze (Hard)    18    340    14    250    14    175    10    125 Brake Lining    14    2200    14    340    10    340    8    250 Builders Board    14    2200    10    2200    3-7    2200    3-7    2200 Copper         18    340    14    340    10    250    8    175 Fiber              18    2200    14    2200    14    340    10    340 Hose              24    2200    18    2200    18    2200    10    340 Iron (Cast)         18    250    14    175    14    125    10    125 Iron Sheets     24    340    18    175    14    125    10    125 Magnesium         18    2200    14    2200    6    2200    6    340 Plymetal         24    340    24    340    18    340    14    340 Pipe              18    340    18    340    18    175    14    125 Plastics         24    2200    14    2200    10    2200    8    2200 Plastics         18    2200    10    2200    8    2200    6    2200 Radiator Cores            .                18    340 Rubber         18    2200    14    2200    14    340    10    340 Slate              32    340    24    250    18    175    14    125 Steel (Free Mach)    18    250    18    250    14    175    10    125 Steel (Carbon)    24    175    18    175    14    175    10    125 Steel (Alloy)    18    175    14    175    14    125    14    125 Thinwall Tubing    32    250    18    125                 Wood               4-7    2200    4-7    2200    3-7    2200    2-6    2200
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Looks very handy!! Thank you!
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