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    Who makes a good bandsaw blade?

    Who's the "go to" for resaw blades? The 3/4 blade that came on my new Rikon leaves much to be desired. It cuts OK but is really loud. I think it took a set in shipping. The weld is pretty bad too. It makes the saw sound like a threshing machine even after lots of tweaking. I put on a 3/8" Olsen and it's quiet as a mouse by comparison.
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    People mention spotty QC on Timberwolf blades but I always had really good results with them. If you want a Lenox blade, bandsawblades-direct-dot-com is a good vendor. Best of luck,

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    Rob look in the forum sticky threads at top of page. There is a thread by Van Huskey on bandsaw blades that will tell you everything you will ever need to know on this subject.

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    Going to follow up to Erik's comment and side on the side of Lenox blades. They've all I've been recommended and all I have recommended to clients. Have not heard a single negative thing about them. I've also heard that Laguna makes a solid band saw blade as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Luter View Post
    Who's the "go to" for resaw blades? The 3/4 blade that came on my new Rikon leaves much to be desired. It cuts OK but is really loud. I think it took a set in shipping. The weld is pretty bad too. It makes the saw sound like a threshing machine even after lots of tweaking. I put on a 3/8" Olsen and it's quiet as a mouse by comparison.
    I use Lenox blades on my 18" Rikon, usually 1/2" flexback at 3tpi and 4tpi, plus carbide 3tpi. I use the saw primarily for processing green log sections up to 12"' thick and for cutting turning blanks - a blade with more teeth per inch would be better (smoother cut) for thinner work. A local bandsaw blade shop makes the standard blades to order at good prices.

    You can often smooth a weld with a Dremel using a stone or a small sanding drum. But the blades that came with my two wood cutting bandsaws seemed cheap.

    JKJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kees View Post
    Rob look in the forum sticky threads at top of page. There is a thread by Van Huskey on bandsaw blades that will tell you everything you will ever need to know on this subject.
    Here's the link to that thread
    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread....andsaw-blades!

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    I like the the Highland woodslicer 3/4. Works great for me.
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    Thanks all for the suggestions.
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    I'll also give praise to Lenox. But they're no match for a nail......be careful what you cut!

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    I have flip flopped a lot on what I like. I in the past have become infatuated by how nice a new blade of a particular brand worked vs another and then realized it didn't last well enough to justify it's cost. Then I fell out of love with it.

    Lately I have been torn between using fairly low end Olson blades and replacing them often and using a bit higher ned blade and using it longer. The higher end blades I have been using are re-saw blades from Highland and Infinity. Neither is super expensive and both are pretty good blades. Based on my most recent results I lean towards Highland.

    I used to really like the Timberwolf blades, but I realized that I went through way more blades even if I used them until they were pretty bad.

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    Starrett makes blades under the "woodpecker" name and some use their "carcass cutter" blades for wood not meat.
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    I've had good luck with Lennox.

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    Lenox is all I use for any style bandsaw blade. Very nice blades.
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    Lennox user here. I like the diemaster 2 for a smaller width bimetal and the woodmastet ct for ripping/resawing.

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    For resewing purposes try the Woodslicer from Highland Hardware. I use Starrett blades on my Laguna LT18 and the smaller Rikon, and they cut like a hot knife through butter. Olson also makes a good quality blade, although I have never use them.

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