I have a large bandsaw (36 inch) and about to rip a reasonably large amount
The carbide tipped saw bands I have seen cut too wide a kerf (1/8") compared
to a standard band that produces a 1/16 " kerf . Anyone familiar with a
thin, smooth cutting saw band that will stand up to hardwood ?
most woodcutting bandsaw blades are fine for hardwoods. ask for a
tooth configuration for your application.
I have a lennox carbide blade that has about a 1/16" kerf. it was made
for metal, but it cuts hardwood just fine. pricey, though.
ping me on the back channel and I'll send you the name of the guy I
got it from- I don't want to publish his email address here without
check out the wood slicer blade from highland hardware, I just bought
a few to slice laminated hardwood to make bracelets, great
performance. Price was alot cheaper than a carbide. I believe the
kerf is less than 1/16 inch also.
If you can find a local sharpening service that makes up bandsaw blades in
house, from bulk, you may be happier.
Your concept of "a reasonably large amount of teak", "too wide a kerf",
"thin, smooth cutting saw band" and "stand up to hardwood" are all
variables that may take some specific tuning with your local expert. I
don't know that I'd want to do such an iterative process remotely, waiting
Google a thread from last year on "sharpening service" for some local
I don't know exactly how big your blades are, but Lenox makes great
steel cutting blades, and I can't imagine that they wouldn't hold up
almost indefinately when used on wood. Just get something with a
larger tooth set (3/4 or 2/3) to make sure that the shavings are
pulled out. I've cut massive Oak beams on the saw at work (bumpers
for the loading dock) and the cut was nice and smooth, and didn't hurt
the blade in any way I could see. It was a real PITA cleaning the saw
afterwards, though! A 1.25" wide Lenox RX blade has a .053" kerf,
and runs about $50- and it's good enough to last for about 80
continous cutting hours in mild steel; like I said, I can't imagine
one *not* lasting forever when using it on wood.
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