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francis dooley16/04/2008 16:47:00
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Dont go to dragon for your blades. buy Hakansson silco.I have tried the 3tpi from dragon they are noisy and rough .the 6 tpi Hakansson is quiet and gives a smooth finish.I am a time served saw doctor i dont sharpen my own band saws i do sharpen my own circular saws.the band saws i work with are upto 12" wide used on a band mills. look on ebay
Olly Parry-Jones16/04/2008 19:39:00
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That's interesting Francis, as I've met plenty of people online who are delighted with the service and quality of blades from Dragons Saws. I've yet to meet anyone who can put a black mark against their name - until here, perhaps...

Just out of interest, was it a skip or hook-tooth pattern you bought from them?

I'm not entirely sure of what you mean when you say they're... "noisy"? If it's making a ticking sound as it's running, it could be that the weld needs a little tidying up - Pobody's Nerfect! With the amount of welding companies like Dragon Saws have to do, there's bound to be the occasional where the weld isn't dead neat.

Have you tried discussing this with Ian John? He's a great man and will do whatever's in his powers to find you satisfaction.

Ian0317/04/2008 07:46:00
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Francis - sorry to hear that you weren't happy with the blades from Dragon Saws, if you would have got in touch with me (I work for them) then I could have sorted it out for you.

You can't really compare a 3tpi and 6tpi blade though as they are designed for different types of cutting - a 3tpi will be noisier than a 6tpi especially on thin stock because it's a courser blade. The 3 tpi is designed for fast cutting of thick timber, which a 6tpi won't do and a 6tpi is a great general purpose blade but you can't use a 3tpi for the same type of cutting that a 6tpi will do.

The most important factor with bandsaw blades is to pick the right width and tooth pitch blade for the type of cutting that you are doing. The type of blade needed can differ from job to job but the right width and tooth pitch blade will make a huge difference to the way the machine performs.

It's not worth sharpening bandsaws as the teeth are hardened (similar to hard point hand saws) so once you grind them to sharpen them, you alter the hardness of the teeth and can make the teeth brittle. Even though the blade will feel sharp after being ground they don't keep their edge long enough to be of any use. The only time that I would ever sharpen a bandsaw is if I was cutting softwood and then only as a last resort.

12" Re-saws are totally different to narrow bandsaws as they are swage set or stellite tipped and can be re-sharpened many times (after being swaged, side beveled and benched in the case of swaged blades) - time served Saw Doctor here as well

If you had come back to us then as a supplier we would have happily tried to sort out any problems with the blade and advise you if you were using the correct blade for the job.

Ian

derek willis17/04/2008 08:40:00
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I guess any top saw doctor will sell very good quality lades, I get my best blades from Tewkesbury saw Co. they are excellent.

derek. 

Roy Goodin09/05/2008 20:23:00
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Hello everyone,

     Having had a mega problems with bandsaw blades, I recently switched blades from  the machines original 1/4 inch blade to a new 3/8 inch blade from Draper Tools.

     The difference was amazing, my machine is now totally transformed and cutting through 3" hardwood with effortless ease.

     A good friend, with forty years woodworking experience,  recently told me that for general cutting he always uses a 3/8 inch blade, and for cutting down thick lengths of wood with the grain he uses a rip fence and 1/2 inch blade.

     He uses the 1/4 inch blade for cutting in tight areas, but rarely uses this type of blade , preferring his tried and trusted 3/8 inch blade for general work.

    So bowing to his experince, I followed his advice and it seems to be working fine.

 Roy

derek willis10/05/2008 08:39:00
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Roy,

If you only have a very small machine, then 3/8 blades are fine, but if your machine will take a larger blade then that's what you should do, for ripping anything up to 6" hardwood and for cutting veneer thicknesses, I use a 3tpi hook configuration and 5/8 wide, this gives me a sturdy fast cutting blade that cuts very acurately, and I also get them from a reputable saw doctor of which there are many.

Derek. 

Olly Parry-Jones10/05/2008 10:06:00
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Yes, 3/8" blades seem capable doing most general work on the bandsaw. I rarely use a 1/4" blade either, but I find that on my machine, they're slightly more difficult to track on the top wheel and need to sit very slightly forward of the centre of the blade, as the thrust bearing on the guide assembly doesn't quite go back far enough.

My machine is apparently capable of tensioning a 5/8" wide blade, but not in my experience. I generally find 1/2" to be fine for ripping also, but Ian John (of Dragon Saws) has given me a thinner gauge 5/8" blade to try and see if that will work on my saw... 

derek willis10/05/2008 10:20:00
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Oliver, don't see why not. I found these extra thin 5/8 x3tpi blades in Isaacc Lord a few years ago, they told me they were probably blades for cutting meat, extra thin, ultra sharp and lasted so very much longer that anything else I have ever had, I wish I had some now.

derek. 

derek willis10/05/2008 10:28:00
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Oliver, Thinking back, My manufacturer, Electra Beckam for my 315 bandsaw, states the largest  blade to use be 1/2" but on seeing it demonstrated at ally pally, some time after I bought mine, I noticed that the demonstrator was using 5/8" blades and queried it, quote "Ialways use 5/8" blades on these"  unquote. So I did the same.

Derek. 

Olly Parry-Jones10/05/2008 20:57:00
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Glad to hear it, Derek.

I've been playing with the thinner-kerfed .020" gauge blade today and it runs like a dream on my bandsaw; I really cannot believe it! The standard-thickness blades I've bought before (also from Dragon) seemed to "wobble" as the saw was running and create  an excessive amount of vibration on my 12" SIP saw.

Ian also sent me a new .025" blade which seemed to tension up fine on my machine as well. There was a fair bit of vibration running through my saw, although the quality of cut was still very good. The blade was running true, as far as I could tell.

Just waiting to hear back from Ian now as to whether they'll be stocking these blades.

I prefer the finish from a 4tpi hook-tooth blade. I know it doesn't really matter when you're going to run something over a planer anyway, but I find 3tpi skip to be a little rough for anything less than 3"...? It also feels a lot nicer when you're cutting with a pitch that's just right - it's all about enjoying what you do!

cranny26/06/2008 18:19:00
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Hi Guys, Recently discovered this site and very impressed. Recently upgraded my band saw from the eb 315g to jet 18. Now find the blades have a wobble ,front to back, of about 1 to 2 mm. Checked both wheels for true running  and seem ok. Increased and decreased tension still no change . Blades came from Axminster and range from 1/2" to1 " but all do the same.Dont think its my setup? but any advise would be appreciated.

Cheers Ivan. 

Olly Parry-Jones26/06/2008 18:33:00
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Hi Ivan and welcome to the forums!

Not sure what the cause of your problem may be but have you had a look at the weld? Sometimes they're not as tidy as they can be. It may help to gently offer up an old oilstone to the back of the blade while the saw is running... You can also use this to round-over the 'corners' of the blade on the back edge, which will help prevent burn marks when cutting curves.

If you want to attempt working on the sides of the blade while it's running then, be very careful, or else you'll loose catch the teeth and loose the set in mere seconds!

Dave Atkinson26/06/2008 18:39:00
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Hi

I have a SIP 14" bandsaw and it cuts very well.  I buy my blades from Craft Supplies and they seem to work fine.  I use a 1/2" blade most of the time at 6TPI.

Mike you mentioned it taking hours to set up and still couldn't cut straight.  If you knock the set off the blade it won't ever cut straight and it is very easy to do that. 

When I set mine up I first move all the blade guides out of the way set up the tension and then set the tracking.  Once this is done I set the rear guide bush to make sure the side bushes don't foul the teeth when you push the blade back - if they do it'll take off the pitch and then it won't cut straight.  Then set the guide bushes to be just touching less a gnat's thingy! 

Finally, test the saw to see how much drift it has and adjust the rip fence accordingly, same for the mitre fence.

Hope this helps

Dave

Dave Atkinson26/06/2008 18:41:00
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I guess you know all that by now Mike - didn't check the dates on the posts!!

Dave

warren gruhl27/06/2008 02:30:00
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Mike i think Dave Atkinson gave you the best advice. I got a little 9" ryobi and took about an hour too set up useing a 1/4" blade i can rip 3 in stock as straight as a ruler

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