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Derek Lane28/03/2012 12:26:34
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In the process of looking at a bandsaw to cut blanks. What I am after is your thoughts on the Axcaliber blades that Axminster tools sell

Oddjob28/03/2012 17:03:55
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They're pretty good in my experience but not as good as Tuffsaws. http://www.tuffsaws.co.uk/

Ian, the proprietor of Tuffsaws will tell you everything you need to know about bandsaw blades and more besides! Telephone or email - excellent service.

Richard

paul johnson 228/03/2012 18:59:21
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Hi Derek, I recently bought a second hand sip bansaw with a 6'' cut on using it for the first time it was wandering all over the place, I was lead to belive the blade was fairly new so tried adjusting the guides etc and still no joy so i asked the question on here and was advised to try a new blade so i bought a xclaiber from axminster put it on hey presto like a knife through butter.

Paul..

Doug28/03/2012 20:09:15
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Hi Derek,

You don`t say if these are green blanks, but i recently read a review of a new type of blade designed for wood turners who want to cut such blanks.

I`m sure it was made by Ian at Tuff saws though a very quick gander on Richards link failed to jog my memory. As Richard suggests, give Ian a ring, he may not have had time to list the new blade yet but the reviewer was most impressed.

Cheers.

Doug.

Derek Lane28/03/2012 20:23:59
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Thank you all for your input. At the moment it will be mainly dry wood. I know the reputation of Ian and will eventualy get some of his blades. The Bandsaw I am getting is the Axminster saw http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axminster-awhbs310n-bandsaw-prod804564/

It comes with the Axcaliber blade and just wanted to know if they were OK as many a woodworker say get a new blade. I was not sure if this was a half decent blade or just a rubbish one.

Doug28/03/2012 21:46:56
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I`ve just bought an Axminster AP4300T & they threw in some free Axcaliber blades in with the deal, They are OK but i wont be buying any more of them when they are worn out.

As for the blade on the machine when I picked it up, that was dire, infact even the chap at the store said to throw it away when i got the saw back to the shop. Though to be fair they were offering one free blade with the machine in their catalogue, so i guess they just fit a cheap one in the factory during assembly to check the machine is running true.

 

Cheers

Doug

 

Edit, a second look at your link suggests they may well give you one of their blades + the one on the machine, as certainly in my case the fitted blade wasn`t an Axcaliber

Edited By Doug Barratt on 28/03/2012 21:53:39

robert dignam29/03/2012 09:05:50
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hi derek i agree with richard i have used both the axminster axcaliber blades and tuffsaw blades and find the tuffsaw blades are sharper and seem to last longer robert

Julian29/03/2012 13:01:25
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I tend to use Hamilton Beverstock only because they are walking distance from me, I can't fault them.

Derek Lane30/03/2012 19:53:43
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Sound like the blade I was asking about is a half decent blade but when it needs replacing I will get them from Ian

Doug31/03/2012 09:17:46
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When is the bandsaw turning up Derek? I`d be interested to hear what you think of it.
 
Cheers.
 
Doug.

 

Edited By Doug Barratt on 31/03/2012 09:18:22

Derek Lane31/03/2012 11:22:49
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Hi Doug I will be ordering it next Thursday so hopefully will get it Friday if not the following Monday. Then spend a day maybe two to set it up correctly then can have a play.

Will let you know then

Julian31/03/2012 11:44:50
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Hi Derek, Article in this Months Woodworker by Alan Holtham about Bandsaw Tuning _ Julian

sad sam31/03/2012 19:27:09
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hi derek

have you thought to check out the record power bandsaws they seem to be about the same and come with a 5 year warranty

Derek Lane31/03/2012 21:01:18
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Thank you Julian will have to take a look

Sad Sam yes I did look at those and unfortunately the price was just a little high for what I wanted even though they have the 5 year g/tee.

Many people have had good customer service through Axminster which is another reason for going with them

Bart Garber26/07/2012 22:14:17
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This could be an old thread but this site for blades will still be relevant. I found this site a good source for quality band saw blades: www.sawblade.com

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