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Ken_Shea
12-30-2010, 10:02 PM
From your experience what are some of the better bandsaw blade manufacturers.

Enco which has a great price if you purchase 5, sells Irwin, thinking of my experience using their taps, that brand does not bring to mind quality.

In 7'9" X .035 10-14 tpi Bi-Metal

KiddZimaHater
12-30-2010, 10:13 PM
Lenox and Starrett brands would be up there.
Any Bi-metal blade with 8 to 14 teeth per inch should last you a long time.

wierdscience
12-30-2010, 10:19 PM
At work we were buying Sandvik from McMaster-Carr.They switched to Starret which did not last as long as the Sandvik.We started buying Morse blades last June,so far they outlast the Starret's 4:1 and the Sandvik's 2:1.

The difference in cost per blade was $2.10 between the three.YMMV

Ken_Shea
12-30-2010, 10:23 PM
What material were you sawing?

Willy
12-30-2010, 10:30 PM
Another vote for Morse.
Mostly cutting mild and low to medium level carbon steels.
I can't believe how long they last.

JoeFin
12-30-2010, 10:42 PM
Another vote for Morse

and I have both Morse and Starret blades

wierdscience
12-30-2010, 10:49 PM
What material were you sawing?

Everything that a toothed blade will cut including steel flats up to 4x16" rectangle,12" pipe,18" I-beam and 8" solid round.

A couple weeks back I lopped off 2" from a 10x17" block of 1045,took 35 minutes to saw that sucker.

rockrat
12-30-2010, 10:50 PM
I have always liked Starret blades, I buy them for my shop. I have seen some fairly impressive gang cutting of bar stock and angle done with them for production.

Although, it looks like I will give Morse a try next time.

Cutting 1018, 316L, Aluminum, 4140, 1045, plastic, and mystery metal. Although the mystery metal is now handled for the most part by my new HF abrasive cutoff saw. Just couldn't pass that coupon up.

rock~

tmc_31
12-31-2010, 12:35 AM
I have been using Lennox as that is what the local tool store (not harbor freight) has. From the looks of this thread, I think I'll try some Morse if I can find them.

The new saw has coolant, I think that is going to drastically increase my blade life.

Tim

DougA
12-31-2010, 10:43 AM
I sell blades to the metal cutting industry. Here is how I rate blades.

Best
Amada - the brand I sell of course.
Lenox
Bahco-formerly Sandvik

OK but not for production
Morse another brand I sell but only a couple of their products
Starrett
Do-All

Not worth your time
Eberly
anyone else.

This info is the result of testing against these competitors. In truth its not as important what brand you buy but what tooth spec you buy and the speeds and feeds you run.

lazlo
12-31-2010, 11:05 AM
+1 from Doug.

Lenox Die Master from MSC are the best I've found. There's a 30% off sale today.

Morse and Starret are good, but don't compare to Lenox.