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    bandsaw blades

    I am new to using a bandsaw. I recently purchased a Rikon 10-324tg. I have been purchasing Olson All Pro from Rockler, but am looking at Starrett or Timber Wolf. Would either be a good choice? Looking for advice. Cost is an issue.

    I also have purchased a 1/4 flex back from Olson that broke. Is buying the cheaper Olson blades a waste of money?

    Thanks for any help you could give me.

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    Alan a good start point would be to read this post provided almost a decade ago by Van Huskey

    https://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthr...des!&styleid=4
    Last edited by Brian Deakin; 02-28-2021 at 4:55 AM.

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    I wouldn't use less than 1/2" on a larger saw.
    I have a 3/4" 3 tpi mounted that came with my Big Jet.

    It came out if a working shop - probably original with the saw - still good.

    I have a 1/4" Starret on my smaller saw for detail work.
    (I cut curves on an ancient 10" Craftsman.)

    It's three years old.

    Thinner blades (like the 1/4") must endure stresses (twisting, deflection, high local temps) that larger blades just shrug off.

    Unless you're going through lotsa blades every year, it's the expense in time I can scarcely afford from breakage. Changing out a blade and getting it to run straight is fiddly.

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    They seem to get mixed reviews but I always had excellent luck with Timberwolf blades. To the OP, I probably wouldn’t go greater than 1/2” on that machine. Hope this helps,

    Erik
    Felder USA Territory Representative: Central & South Texas

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    I use Lennox blades. Mike O'Keefe

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    Starrett Woodpecker Pro bimetal blades are great.

    John

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    Second the Starrett Woodpecker Pro bimetal blades and Lennox bimetal.

    Steve

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    I am not a bans saw heavy user but for me Starrett and Lennox are the best performers for the price as per my own research as well experience.

    I use them with no complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Loza View Post
    They seem to get mixed reviews but I always had excellent luck with Timberwolf blades. To the OP, I probably wouldn’t go greater than 1/2” on that machine. Hope this helps,

    Erik
    Yes, I believe 1/2" is still the largest suggested for that saw. I have the older 10-305 and that's the max.

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