Bandsaw blade


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My experience is that there is no such thing as a good general purpose blade that will handle the range of tasks that I want to do on my bandsaw.  I know that a blade that I find suitable for re-sawing wide stock into veneers will barely cut a curve and definitely won't cut a tight curve.  If you do a limited range of tasks you might get by with one blade.

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I recently started using Starrett blades, I find them to be pretty damn nice. As for general purpose, you could get a 3/8" 6 tpi blade which will do some larger radius cuts but nothing tight like a 3/16" blade. Cut quality on resawing will not be too clean as most blades meant for cross cuts and rip cuts are hook tooth with a larger set, versus a resaw blade that has minimal set and skip tooth. 

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I wanted a new blade for my band saw but all I found was cheap ones, I have a Kingspors's woodworking shop near by and stopped in, they were able to get me a custom made blade for my saw, the cost was not much more than the price of one off the shelf, but much more superior.  I don't know what you want to do or planing to do I would suggest like stated, getting at least two blades as well, don't go cheap, a good blade will last much longer and well worth the price difference.   

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Based on the answers above, it seems that having dedicated blades is the way to go.  With that in mind and without hijacking the thread, I would like to know what you all would recommend as the best re-saw bandsaw blade.  I have a 20" Northfield bandsaw with 5 HP motor.  When I bought the saw, it was in pieces but I have re-furbished it and it will be nearly new.  I intend to dedicate the saw for just re-sawing.  I will not be changing blades.  I am fond of exotic woods.

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Based on the answers above, it seems that having dedicated blades is the way to go.  With that in mind and without hijacking the thread, I would like to know what you all would recommend as the best re-saw bandsaw blade.  I have a 20" Northfield bandsaw with 5 HP motor.  When I bought the saw, it was in pieces but I have re-furbished it and it will be nearly new.  I intend to dedicate the saw for just re-sawing.  I will not be changing blades.  I am fond of exotic woods.

Dedicated saw for resawing, I'd go with a Lenox Tri-Master. Laguna blades have left kind of a sour taste in my mouth from my experiences with them.

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Dedicated saw for resawing, I'd go with a Lenox Tri-Master. Laguna blades have left kind of a sour taste in my mouth from my experiences with them.

Thanks Tom.  I must admit that you have very expensive taste in tools.  However, I am of the opinion that buying a carbide blade will likely pay for itself over time. 

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