Ive had my bandsaw for about 2 years now and it has always been just an OK tool to me. About 3 months ago I picked up a riser block for it b/c I had some nice thick boards I wanted to resaw. I installed the block and the stock blade and went for it - results were less than impressive to say the least. I knew not to expect miracles but the results were pretty dissapointing. I really didnt have too much time to mess w/ it so I just kind of made due w/ it as is. Getting more and more pissed each time I had to use it. The other week I was in the local woodcraft store where they had timberwolf blades on sale so I spoke w/ one of the guys there and explained what I wanted to do and the kind of saw I had (Jet 14 closed base) - he recommended a blade and off I went. (Driveby - neener : I learned how to twist the BS blade into that cool little loop ) I finally had some time today so I spent the better part of 2 hours installing the new blade and tuning up the saw to the Nth degree. Also - replaced the stock guides w/ some hardwood ones soaked in WD40 (thanks for the suggestion). Any way - after it was all done - I figured it was time to try it again - worked like a dream. I was able to slice off a nice 1/8" x 8" x3 foot long of poplar on the first try =) Holly Crap was pretty much all I could think of - I should have done this a long time ago.
Its amazing the difference a good tune up will do to your tools.
Just figured Id post this for all those procrastinators out there =)