big vertical bandsaw blades

What are people here using on their large vertical bandsaws (30"+) for resawing and rough cutting from green logs?
Highland Hardware's wood slicer maxs out at 137".
Timberwolf has longer blades available. I've used them on my 18" saw, and wouldn't rule them out for my other saw, but I'm exploring options.
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On 4/11/2012 7:29 PM, John Grossbohlin wrote:

I don't know why you say that...
<http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer12resawbandsawblades138to166.aspx
They may not be pre-made to the exact length you want/need, but they're certainly available (to 240" or so iirc)
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<http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer12resawbandsawblades138to166.aspx
Hmmm....
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer34resawbandsawbladescustomlengthd173to248.aspx
is the range but "**Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of custom lengths**" isn't very handy...
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On 4/11/2012 9:19 PM, John Grossbohlin wrote: ...

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Double-hmmm...I hadn't ordered anything from them and hadn't noticed the lead time disclaimer. That's surprising to me it would be anyways close to that long.
You might look at Woodcraft and see what you think...they have Laguna and Olson as well as their house brand. Didn't see lead time mentioned
<http://www.woodcraft.com/Category/1002125/Bandsaw-Blades.aspx
The bandsaw is the chief place I'm under-equipped badly but I never seem to get around to doing anything about it. :(
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I did something about it but still don't have the saw up and running. The saw is too tall (about 8') for my walkout basement shop so I had to increase the size of my woodshed and raise the roof--a project still in process as my bicycle trip last year burned all discretionary resources then and I'm still trying to catch up. It shouldn't be too much longer...
Big saws show up on Craigs List from time to time but some folks think they are priceless judging by the asking prices. There is one there now where the guy is asking about 9 times what I paid for mine and my cost includes a new 1 p Baldor 5 HP motor and a new starter/switch. His saw is in rough shape too... mine came with brand new tires, bearings and paint! Crazy thing is he thinks he's giving it away by citing Google searches showing saws running about double what he is asking... he has no idea what he's doing or he thinks people are stupid! LOL
Troll Craig's List often... there are some deals on there. An 18" Jet, that looks pretty clean, showed up yesterday for $549. http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/2952575791.html
John
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On 4/12/2012 8:33 AM, John Grossbohlin wrote:

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I had a paper catalog handy and notice they say 4-6; only slightly better. Try looking for American National Knife in NC--they supply the industry down there w/ knives and cutters; I'm not positive about blades but I'd think so. I've used them for the knives for my old Model 13 and former PM 180 planer; they're _very_ knowledgable/helpful (but not necessarily cheap) :) if you really do need quick they might be better suited for larger stuff than the general mail order places that cater to hobbyist mostly.

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Since I've returned to the farm it's a long, long way to anywhere of any size that has any probability at all of anything of interest showing up. I'd have far better luck in the Raleigh or neighborhood there and sometime arranging to pick something up on a trip to elder son who is in Raleigh or younger who's in N KY around Cincy. I did pick up an old shaper from a guy from the ODU (Old Dominion, Richmond) when they closed their pattern-making shop out of their industrial arts programs a number of years ago and brought it back. It's from the Rockwell era when bought out Walker-Turner; is hybrid of the two. Interestingly, the fence casting has same identical casting number as the HD Delta until the X series were introduced...
Anyway, I agree that old iron would be the ideal way; it's just been inconvenient enough to not do so what with the farming getting in the way of "important stuff"... :)
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On 4/12/2012 9:31 AM, dpb wrote: ...

Well, forget that; they are just solid cutters/knives/etc., not a sawblade in sight.
But, if need anything in the realm of what they do have, they're good folk.... :) No glitz/glitter, just knowledge and products. In fact, I requested if they had an instock set of new knives for the old Model 13 (ca '60s/early 70s) via an e-mail request when I got these back from the last sharpening a week ago because they probably can't take another and they called me back on a Saturday afternoon and not only did/do they have them, the fella' reminded me they're 5- (instead of 4-) 32nds thick knives that the RC-33 and similar that are otherwise (w/ the exception of the end adjusting notch, anyway) similar dimension so be sure to not mis-order if decided to do so now. To my surprise, he knew the specific machine well and indicated they still sell a set of knives for one of these every week or so; I'd have thought there weren't that many of these puppies still in service but apparently are.
<www.americannationalknife.com/default.asp>
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<http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer12resawbandsawblades138to166.aspx
Need green wood blades too... the Wood Slicer isn't recommended for that due to the thin kerf. Didn't find general purpose blades in the 220" range.... Did I miss them too?
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On Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:29:12 -0400, "John Grossbohlin"

You might want to check out this supplier in North Carolina.
http://www.woodcraftbands.com
Their web site is a little cheesy, you have to call them to place your order, but they have (or will make) your size and their prices are unbeatable.
I have never ordered from them myself but I don't think I've ever seen so many positive reviews about any other vendor on any of the larger woodworking forums I read. (sawmillcreek, lumberjocks, ncwoodworker)
http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=woodcraftbands+site%3Asawmillcreek.org
http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=woodcraftbands+site%3Alumberjocks.com
http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=woodcraftbands+site%3Ancwoodworker.net
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wrote:

Thanks for the lead. Prices for 220" blades look quite reasonable and the write ups are favorable...
I'm not sure how to interpret the one comment where the guy wrote "Been running this blade on my main saw for over 12 years now." Is that one blade in 12 years or a series of them? If one I'm not sure it's an endorsement as the saw apparently doesn't get used much!
John
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On Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:50:13 -0400, "John Grossbohlin"

I'm guessing he's saying that he's used this same supplier for 12 years. If it's the reason of a single blade for long time use or non-use, then that's still an endorsement of a type. A blade lasting 12 years sounds like a good purchase to me. :)
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Yeah...sort of like Filson clothing catalog endorsements... people have had the stuff for decades. I shred double-tin brush pants in 2-3 seasons of pheasant hunting.... got about 10 years out of a shelter cloth upland coat but a tin cloth vest and a tin cloth jacket have been used during the same period too. Yup... some stuff lasts seemingly forever if you don't use it much. ;~)
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On 4/11/2012 8:29 PM, John Grossbohlin wrote:

Laguna Tools sells several different types of blades for big saws and all are available by the inch up to whatever outrageous size you might want. Not cheap but their turnaround should be pretty good since they make their living supporting commercial users who won't wait patiently.
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Won't Highland make you up a blade to your specs?
You have a 30+ bandsaw... Nice... Not that I have a need. But way nice.
On 4/11/2012 8:29 PM, John Grossbohlin wrote:

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Another user helped me find them on the site. 6-8 week lead times for the wood slicer blades.
I have 18" and 36" saws and getting the 36" up and running is my next shop related project. The saw was the cheap part... it's the building to house it and the time that is the expensive part! LOL
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