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    Default Band saw blades?

    I am currently in the process of rebuilding a horizontal/vertical metal band saw. I got it for free several years ago, and am just finaly getting around to cleaning it up. I just put all new bearings on it, and made the first cut. It was cutting great and then it sort of jumped and started cutting very slow and crooked. When I shut it off and looked at it, there are a coouple very large stretches where the teeth are broke off. It is sort of odd, they are not worn off, they are clearly broken off.

    So, I need to get a new blade. What would be the best type/tooth count to get? It will mostly be cutting tubing and flat stock, up to 1/2". I will be using it for aluminum down the road, but that is a ways off still.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    I'm thinking that I have a 10/14 on my saw that I use for everything thicker than 16g.

    If you were doing production runs you would probably want to take the time to change to the optimum blade for whatever you were cutting.

    Others will chime in.

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    Cool

    http://www.countrysaw.com/ has any blade you could ever need...Bob
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    Wink Band Saw Blades

    That's what I'd suggest, 10/14 tooth blade. If you have a 64 1/2" (common) you can get standard blades at Home Depot for around $10. A higher quality "bi-metal" blade goes for around $25 each. I've had the teeth break off of new blades too. I bought my old "PowerCraft" 64 1/2" saw from my neighbor for $25 last year! You can get a belt for the motor at NAPA, check the lube in the gear box, use a good hypoid lube, not grease. Mine doesn't cut perfect, but it suffices until I get a new one. When we all get our "stimulus package" I'll buy a new JET. (LOL)

    Dave
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    grizzly and enco have a lot

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    Thanks. I think I will run down to Harbor freight and see what they have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarsman View Post
    Thanks. I think I will run down to Harbor freight and see what they have.
    Do yourself a favor and source your blades from some other dealer. If you go with Harbor Freight don't expect much and you won't be too disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarsman View Post
    Thanks. I think I will run down to Harbor freight and see what they have.
    i run a HF 64 1/2 blade and it works great i push it in the vertical position as hard as i dare wail I'm sitting on the bed and i haven't broke it yet. (witch amazes me as i thought the blade was a piece of crap) (bi-metal 10 tooth on sale $8 )
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