Author Topic: Bandsaw blade selection  (Read 1507 times)

Offline kvom

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Bandsaw blade selection
« on: January 23, 2016, 03:36:46 PM »
For the past 6 years or so my horizontal bandsaw had blades with 10-14 teeth per inch.  Based on shopping at McMaster and reading the "about" section on blades, I switched to a "thick metal" blade with 4-6 teeth per inch.  Big impriovement in the straightness of the cut, especially when I lay the material with the thinnest dimension down and clamp on the larger.  The cuts are also faster.

Offline gbritnell

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Re: Bandsaw blade selection
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2016, 05:02:26 PM »
When I served my apprenticeship I was taught the you should only have 3-4 teeth on the material being cut. With thick material it allows good chip clearance. When cutting thin metal or tubing you need a higher tooth count so that the blade doesn't grab the material and possibly break off teeth.
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