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Guero
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.
Ben Rich

andypullen
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.

Andy Pullen

cliff69
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.

Guero
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.

kenrinc
02-15-2005, 12:51 PM
You can get the Starrett's in HSS from Enco for less than $12

Ken-

Guero
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.

kenrinc
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!

Ken-

x39
02-15-2005, 08:02 PM
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.

Guero
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.

Mac1
02-16-2005, 02:17 PM
Guero
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.

Evan
02-16-2005, 06:23 PM
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.

Michael C
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.

Guero
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.

JCHannum
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.