Timberwolf blades are supposedly near the top of the heap -- but I recently
bought some Olson blades, and five minutes into using the first one, I decided
I'm done buying Timberwolfs. The Olsons are significantly sharper out of the
box, give a smoother cut, and are about 40% of the price of a Timberwolf.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Made a post on this a few days ago. Here it is again.
I had an old FWW out yesterday and there was an article that applied.
Specifically, the bandsaw resaw blade test (M/A '04) Woodslicer came out on
top with a 3-4 tpi hook blade. It was the *only* blade that scored an
excellent in the smoothness test. The value blade was BC saw at $10. The
Olson MVP was right behind the Woodslicer.
Based on my remembering that review, I purchased one of those from
Highland Hardware, and just got it last night and fired it up. Man,
that is a nice blade. Very smooth and easy cutting.
Of course, all I have to compare it to is what came with the saw. A
completely different type of blade, and all, but no real comparison.
Having said that, my next purchase will be from bcsaw.com, based on
another FWW article. Half the price of the Woodslicer ($30+/- vs.
$15+/-), may be worth it, time will tell.
Having owned 3 BS's in the last 12 months over a 20+ year span, I find that
the BS has more to do with whether a blade cuts well or not then perhaps the
My Old Craftsman did better with name brand blades. My short timer Rikon
could not be adjusted for decent tracking using Timberwolf blades but did
track well with cheap blades. My Laguna works well with Timberwolf and
blades supplied by Laguna.
So, a blade that tests well and works well for some is not guarantee that it
will do well on any particular saw.
I'd say, experiment with name brands, buying one at a time.
According to the Iturra Designs catalog, there are some carbide-tipped
BS blades available that cut wonderfully. However, they cost even more
(up to a few times more) than the WWII. Call them up, get a catalog,
read about it for yourself. (866-883-8064, no website)
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