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What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:34:15 PM »
Hello T.F.F,
I am going to start a conversation on band mill blades.  I know there are probably thousands of these in the forum.  But, I know there are new blades being added to the market every day, so I wanted to get the most up to date opinions.

First of all, I wanted to say thanks to the people who responded to a post I did a few years ago on which band mill to purchase.  I had a lot of people that said they love the orange one.  So, after a lot of research and talk, I purchased a Wood mizer LT 50 wide.  I grew up around old circle mills, namely Frick's and Meadows.  Learning all the bells and whistles on my new mill has been a little challenging, but I am getting through it.  I currently have about 20 hours on the mill.  I have been SUPER careful not to bump the adjustable guide against the log, but even at that I have bumped it lightly a few times.  >:(  Over all, I am happy with it.  I am sure with time, I will fall in love.

The Woodmizer guys in NC sold me some 10 degree blades for my mill when I picked it up.  In poplar or pine, they work great.  However, I was sawing some white oak (nothing massive 10-16" range) and I noticed that my cuts are WAVY.  I checked the tension, and it was between 2800-3000 psi.  I slowed my speed way down, and I even changed to a new blade.  Once, the blade dove so bad that it almost made a bowl.  But, most of it you can look down the board and the cut rises and falls between 1/8 -1/4" of the saw line.  I did some preliminary checking on the alignments, and nothing was really off.

I was wondering if these wood mizer blades are any good?  I know Cooks claims to sell a great blade.  The blades that I have been running are  the Double Hard 1 1/4 wide, 10 degree .045.  I saw mostly poplar, oak, and some pine in NC.  Here, it does not get cold enough to freeze logs hard.  What would you guys suggest I run?  would going to a thicker 1.5" blade help the issue?  BTW, My mill is a 47 HP diesel.

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 10:40:01 PM »
I have been running nothing but 4 for years.
I just upgraded to a 35.9 hp diesel.

I still run the 4 but quickly learned with the hp I have the Turbo7 blade is GREAT in Pecan, Hickory and all Oaks.
This works for me.

I would stay with the 1-1/4 blade.....it will last longer. The bigger blade will heat up quicker and won't stay sharp as long.
I run my PSI at 3500. 3,000 is probably plenty.



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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 10:49:16 PM »
I was just looking at WM website.  I do not see a Turbo blade.  Is it listed under something else? 

Thanks for the insight.  I really appreciate it.

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 10:53:05 PM »
I was just looking at WM website.  I do not see a Turbo blade.  Is it listed under something else? 

Thanks for the insight.  I really appreciate it.
Its not on there yet. Call them and ask them youd like to try one and they will ship you a free Turbo 7
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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 10:53:57 PM »
You couldn't give me a box of 10* bands. Been running nothing but turbo 7 on my 42hp diesel.
From what I've seen cooks claims to have the best of everything. I've never used anything from cooks.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 10:55:50 PM »
Perfect.  Thank you very much.  I was about to think my mill will not cut straight lumber.

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 10:59:02 PM »
You couldn't give me a box of 10* bands. Been running nothing but turbo 7 on my 42hp diesel.
From what I've seen cooks claims to have the best of everything. I've never used anything from cooks.

Yep, I get that feeling too.  I called them the other day to talk about their blades and the first thing they told me was that I needed to cut off my guides and buy a new set of their roller guides and weld them on my brand new mill.  I sort of find it hard to believe that WM would not know how to make a set of guides that would cut good lumber? :D

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 11:00:46 PM »
There has been a lot of blade debates on the FF and it really boils down to what works best for each individual.

I have never used any other blade except Woodmizer.
So I can only give my opinion on the Woodmizer blade which I love on my Woodmizer mill.

I ship my blades back to them and they clean, inspect, replace if needed and sharpen them.
Fits my business like a glove.
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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 11:05:39 PM »

Yep, I get that feeling too.  I called them the other day to talk about their blades and the first thing they told me was that I needed to cut off my guides and buy a new set of their roller guides and weld them on my brand new mill.  I sort of find it hard to believe that WM would not know how to make a set of guides that would cut good lumber?


I have learned this from other post and have come up with this.
It is a good idea to keep a record of who you talk to, the time and date and what you talked about.
This COULD be very helpful if the wrong information was given to you.
This will help you when you talk to ANY company.

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 11:07:22 PM »
A box of 15 Turbo 7"s are $358.00
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2018, 11:14:04 PM »
Yeah, I have the person's name.  She was nice, and was trying to help me.  I think she was just going off what she had been told.  I was born at night, but not last night.  I know a lot of people cuts fine lumber everyday with WM guide systems.

Thanks for the info on the T7 blade.  I will call WM tomorrow and get one to try out.

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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2018, 11:16:03 PM »
I too have only used wm bands and use the resharp program. I've been happy with the turbos the most so far. I saw 99% hemlock but just sawed over 2000 bf of ash with good results.
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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2018, 11:51:38 PM »
I don't know what to say.....Posthole is suggesting Turbos, what's next - suggesting delete kits?  Are cats and dogs going to start living together now?

Redneckman - you might be scratching your head about now, but the others get it, hang around long enough and you will too.

Personally I have gone to Turbo's for just about everything.  I will use 10's on cedar and poplar, I don't even bother with regular 7's and the few 4's I have are only for frozen wood, and I mean frozen solid as in portable jobs to the north.  I was exactly where you are and called Marty asking him what I was doing wrong.  He said to try the turbos, but only if I liked to saw fast, pretty sure he said they are "not for old men" meaning you need to keep your head speed up with these or they will get warm on you even with the lube on. 
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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2018, 05:40:54 AM »
I use 1-1/4 0.045 WM blades only, have 42 HP.

4 degree bands and white oak were made for each other.   No clearer match between any wood with any blades I use.

I haven't tried the turbo 7s.  These are also called 7/39 (39 being the back angle).  I also use 7/34, 9/29, and 10/30.  I will probably buy my first turbos this year. 

If you haven't, get yourself a 10x hand lens, and look at the tips of any blades not cutting right.  Usually I see a thin bright band across the tip of the tooth, or a point of light on the outside edge of the set teeth, indicating dullness.
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2018, 09:40:27 AM »
I don't know what to say.....Posthole is suggesting Turbos, what's next - suggesting delete kits?  Are cats and dogs going to start living together now?

Redneckman - you might be scratching your head about now, but the others get it, hang around long enough and you will too.

South side, I appreciate your words of comfort.  You are right, it is confusing.  What you are saying does make some sense to to.  I used the 10 degree blades that I have in poplar, and they saw  good.  I have noticed a little diving and rising, but it is acceptable.  I sawed some pine and it sawed beautiful.  Would it be a good rule of thumb to say that the higher the hook angle, the softer the wood?  For example, for very dense hardwoods, use a 4 degree.  For most other hardwoods like oak and poplar, use a 7, and for softwoods like pine, use a 10?  If so, this brings me to another question; how do you guys keep up with all these different blades?  Can you tell what  the hook angle is by looking at it?

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2018, 10:11:31 AM »
So, I called WM today and spoke with a very nice lady.  She is going to send me a .055 Turbo 7 to try out.  I am looking forward to getting it.  Thanks everyone for your input and advice on this.

One more question, when you send your blades back for re-sharpening, do you coil them into a circle, or do you use the same box that they came in new?  My box already looks bad.  I was wondering if anyone has every thought of making a lightweight wooden box to ship these in?  The guys in Albemarle told me to ship them back in the original box, but like I said mine is in bad shape.

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Re: What blade to use on a Woodmizer band mill
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2018, 11:00:11 AM »
So, I called WM today and spoke with a very nice lady.  She is going to send me a .055 Turbo 7 to try out.  I am looking forward to getting it.  Thanks everyone for your input and advice on this.

One more question, when you send your blades back for re-sharpening, do you coil them into a circle, or do you use the same box that they came in new?  My box already looks bad.  I was wondering if anyone has every thought of making a lightweight wooden box to ship these in?  The guys in Albemarle told me to ship them back in the original box, but like I said mine is in bad shape.



I send my blades to Georgia Woodmizer.
I coil them up and put 1 tie wire around each blade.
I thing the box is a 18 x18 x 20 high.
Once you send them they will ship them back coiled up in "THEIR" box and they will replace the box as needed.
Woodmizer Albemarle does a really good job sharpening blades but I don't like my blades flat packed, I like them coiled so I can take them out of the box and hang them up.
Plus the flat box gets all banged up and destroyed.

Call the Newnan,  Georgia Woodmizer and they will send you some shipping stickers. Just coil your blades, put your shipping sticker on and drop the box off at you closest FEDEX/UPS shipping place. After that are sharpened they will ship them right to your home or mill address.
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2018, 11:52:46 AM »
Thanks.  That is some good info, and I will take your adivce.

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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2018, 12:11:34 PM »
You'll notice a big difference going with the thicker band.  I run 4 by 0.055 on everything and have good results, but there are still some hard grained white oak logs that just don't like to be cut.  Butt cuts where there is a lot of compaction of the wood and stress can be particularly challenging.  If you have a piece that just doesn't want to cut, turn it around and cut from the other end.  This will usually help. 

You will notice that the thicker blades do not flex as easily and will not give you the same life as the thinner blades.  Since they don't flex as well, they will not be able to travel around the band wheels as many times before they break.

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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2018, 01:23:11 PM »
Conventional logic is as you stated regarding angle and wood hardnesses, personally I am just using up what I have left for 10's when they break or can't be sharpened then they get replaced with turbos.  WM has a gauge for $15 you can get which identifies the hook angle, they can throw it into your box when returning sharp bands. to you.
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