View Full Version : Quality band saw blade?
02-15-2005, 11:44 AM
I need some help in buying a band saw blade. I have a Harbor Freight 4 1/2" horizontal/vertical bandsaw. The blade which came with it provided me a couple of months good service but is now starting to break at the weld. This machine takes 54 1/2" blades. I want to buy a bimetal 10 pitch blade but do not want to spend money on something which might just break at the weld. Can somebody recommend a good-quality, reputable, but not outrageously expensive bimetal blade? I use the saw mainly for cutting ferrous, with the occasional brass or aluminum. Thanks.
02-15-2005, 11:53 AM
Lenox makes a good blade to fit that machine.I use their blades exclusively on the saws at work. Starrett blades are also pretty good.
02-15-2005, 12:13 PM
I like the Starret's also, I use the 10'10 1/2" ones and they seem to last pretty good.
02-15-2005, 12:20 PM
Thankee Andy. I found the Starrett bimetal blades for my machine in my Travers catalog. Dang... $26.99 each. I don't know if that is a decent price or not. Travers apparently doesn't carry the Lenox brand but I'll do a google search on that.
02-15-2005, 12:51 PM
You can get the Starrett's in HSS from Enco for less than $12
02-15-2005, 12:53 PM
I see the Lenox "DIEMASTER" price with MSC is comparable with the Starrett. I'll go ahead and order from Travers. Thanks again for the help.
02-15-2005, 07:45 PM
FWIW I broke the stock blade in about 3 days of just basic cutting. I bought a replacement blade from Enco; just ordered their cheap HSS blade. The difference between it and the original blade was incredible. Cutting any metal took half the time of the original blade!
I've found the Lenox "Neotype" blades to be very durable. They outlast the Starrett Hardback by a significant margin, yet are quite a bit less expensive than bi-metal blades. If I recall correctly, a 100' roll is about $80.00. The Lenox Diemaster is the ne plus ultra in saw blades in my opinion though.
02-16-2005, 05:45 AM
I appreciate the responses. I haven't owned this bandsaw that long - bought mine shortly before Evan got his. It sure beats using a hacksaw and up until the weld on the blade started to go it has performed beautifully.
You may need to check your blade size. Most of the small V/H import bandsaws run a 64 1/2 inch blade. Well at least mine does.
So far the bimetal blade I bought with the saw from Busy Bee is lasting fine. On last weekend I cut a piece of 1018 1.5" X 4". It took about 20 minutes. The finish was excellent and the cut was square. The blade cost about $17 US.
02-16-2005, 06:44 PM
Enco has Aggrssor band saw blades by Kennemetal or some name brand outfit. Killer blades I have one on my little Jet, same size saw as yours and these blades last a year for me. If you get it in the thin kerf it cuts much faster. They are in the latest Sale flyer. About $13.
02-17-2005, 02:41 PM
Mac1, you're right. What I meant to type was 5' 4 1/2" (64 1/2"). Thanks for the warning... you had me scared there for a minute that I had gone and ordered something a foot short.
02-17-2005, 05:44 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Evan:
It took about 20 minutes.</font>
Next time, turn the motor on, it will go quicker.
When cutting a flat like that, lie the flat in the vise with something 1/2" or so high under the front so it is on an angle. It will cut in no time and be as straight as the vise is square.