As mentioned in my "Mini gloat" thread, I recently acquired a Jet 16"
bandsaw. The 3/4" blade that was on it was crap and it required
Herculean effort to push a piece of stock through it.
New blades were definitely in order. Using the Finewoodworking
Mar/Apr 2004 issue as a guide, with a touch of Scottish heritage
thrown in, I decided to go with the low cost provider, BC Saw.
Since this story is a work in progress, I'll try to offer it without
I called in an order for four blades on 10/27. 1 ea. 3/4" 3 TPI, 1
ea. 1/2" 3 TPI, 1 ea. 3/8" 6 TPI and 1 ea. 1/4" 6 TPI. Figured this
would be a representative sample and get the 10% discount offered when
four or more blades are ordered.
Package arrived 11/1. Invoice cost was $64.69 (Canadian) material and
$19.98 shipping. Ouch! Oops---sorry---I said no editorializing.
Since saw is nominally set up for 3/4" blades, try new 3/4" blade
first. To make a long story shorter, after all is said and done, there
is a lot of runout in the blade and while I can resaw a nice thin,
even slice, the cut quality is very bad. Viewed edge on, there is a
twist in the blade at the weld and viewed from the side it appears
that when the ends of blade were welded, they were either not cut off
square or were not butted together squarely.
Placing a 12" machinist's rule vertically against the back of the
blade, in contact top and bottom, shows a gap of nearly 1/16" at the
weld. A dial indicator placed against the back side shows over 0.050"
variation as the blade is rotated through its length. The teeth are
similarly proud on the opposite side.
11/2 Take a coupla photos of the above, compose email with them
attached and send it off to BC Saw.
11/4 After no response to email, give BC Saw a call and explain
problem to "Anthony." Anthony sez it couldn't possibly be a bad
blade, it must be my saw, I don't know what I'm talking about, etc.
blah, blah. He also sez that blade expert has gone home for the day
but he will have him call me on Monday (11/4).
11/7 (Late afternoon) After no call from BC Saw I call them. Anthony
sez expert has left for the day, but to make it right they will send
me two new blades, is this okay by me? I say yes, that should do it.
11/17 I'm still waiting.