BS says it all.
I have a bunch of blades that I need to replace.
Most of my narrower blades are Olson's.
According the box, I saved one years ago, the width of a blade is
measured from the tip of the tooth to the back of the blade.
REALLY!!! someone should tell OLSON that.
My 1/2 Olson measures nearly 5/8.
My 1/4 closer to 3/8.
My opinion of Olson blades has been pretty low, they just keep giving me
reason to lower that opinion.
The 1/2 measures 1/2 to the gullet not the tooth. WTF is wrong with them.
Their packaging, their sizing doc...
They (TW) are my preffered blades for resawing.
I don't own thinner blades from them.
I am going to try the Highland woodslicer as I broke my timberwolf last
year and have been using old surplus of Olson's.. clearly not up to the
I was in that camp for a while too. But you have to wonder how a company
could remain in the BS blade business if they were turning out crap.
I learned the hard way that it is the saw more than the blade.
I bought several Timberwolf blades for a new 18" Rokon BS about 9 years
ago and had trouble with 2/3's of the blades. Timberwolf even talked me
through cutting one of those blades and laying it out straight on my
garage floor to insure that it was straight. They asked the brand saw I
was using and indicated that they had been having issues with their
blades on those saws. I had a local shop make me a blade and it did
fine as did the blade that came with the saw. But no other blade worked
After reviewing several Laguna video's and what to look for in a BS I
ended up returning the Rikon and buying a Laguna. Timberwolf took all
the used blades back in exchange for the longer ones, 150" for the Laguna.
Now, with the Laguna, the no name freeby blades that came with the saw,
the Timberwolf, and the ResawKing all work exactly like they are suppose to.
So for most people, they are going to have to simply hunt to find the
brand that works best for them on their particular brand saw.
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:09:16 PM UTC-6, woodchucker wrote:
I have tried, Olson, Timberwolf, Carter and some off brands. The absolute
best blade I have found yet is the house brand from Highland Hardware. Not
their Woodslicer, which is a great resaw blade, or their wet wood blades b
ut their standard house brand bandsaw blade.
Which reminds me, I need to order a couple more.
i bought the ones hanging on the wall and so no box to misinterpret
not sure who made them
they were the right length and right tpi
does the fact they boxes do not agree bother you or the actual dimensions
that are wrong for your application
No, I just needed to know what size blades are broken to replace them.
I just pick a blade that looks right for the job.
So now that I need to replace them, I need to know what size they are.
And when I realized that even my 1/2 blade did not measure 1/2, I
question my understanding of what blades I need to buy.. since none
really matched what the box said.
Do I order 1/4 or 3/8
do I order 3/16 or 1/8 you get the picture don't you.
So what do I buy??? I guess I can take a trip 1 hour a way to Woodcraft
and sit there with my old blades, and compare.. but that seems stupid.
What part is stupid? The driving 1 hour or comparing blades?
I'd take my wife to lunch at a nice place near Woodcraft. She would
take her Kindle and read while I'm in Woodcraft BSing with the guys there.
For us, it would not be a chore but a nice day out. Semi-retired, we
often go out to lunch an hour or two from home on my day off. I guess YMWV
We do the woodworking tour of Atlanta (Rockler, Woodcraft, Peachtree,
and Highland) about every six to eight weeks. I'll drop SWMBO off at
one of the nicer outdoor malls while I do Woodcraft and we stop at
other places she likes to browse along the way. She likes Highland,
though. It's a really neat place (with all sorts of toys on display).
good to know as i am a fairly recent owner of a bandsaw and the blades
i have are all that was needed so far
but i do not like changing the blades so i leave the one blade on
until it cannot cut it
takes me longer than that but i will get quicker at it in time
like any other tool as it is used more and understood how it can be used
and in what situations i will go to it more
my next project is going to require a small blade so i can do some curves
i am sure the tires need to be cleaned anyway
since we are on blades i wonder if anyone makes a round blade for the
like they make for a scroll saw
that would be useful for thinner stock i think but might eat up the tires
I've never seen them.
BTW stick a toothbrush on a piece of metal, mount it and keep the wheel
Also add dust collection, it keeps the tires from loading up and adding
pitch and sawdust into the tire. Even the urethanes get messy if you
don't have even a brush. while not perfect, it works better than no brush.
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