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carbide band blades
« on: January 31, 2007, 08:59:48 PM »
I was thumbing through last year's LENOX catalog that I got from a trade show, and noticed that they make several varieties of carbide bandsaw blades.  I use one on my small Delta 14" bandsaw, a Lenox TriMaster, and it's great for sawing anything, although a bit rough.  I did notice that they sell 1-1/2" wide band blades, and aside from what is probably a very high cost, has anyone used a carbide band blade on their bandmill?  I would think that for dirty, gnarly logs, something like that would last a LONG time.

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Re: carbide band blades
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2007, 09:07:16 PM »
About all I know about them, if you hit hardware, it's ruined, if you don't the teeth will still be fine but the backer stock [same as a reg. blade] will be shot.  The last time I checked, they were just too much $$$$ - Too bad, for other woodworking [circular saw, router bits]  carbide is the only way to go.
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Re: carbide band blades
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2007, 05:22:36 PM »
One thing that comes to mind is the blade popping off the wheels, whether by catching it on the way back or a small chunk of something flying in and tripping it. Carbide meets blade housing or doors and kablooie...

Mostly the carbide blades are used in resaw applications where clean wood is the norm. Small stones, which may just dull a regular blade will remove carbide tips. Carbide is very hard, but brittle. Stays sharp almost forever in clean conditions but destroyed by foreign matter.
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Re: carbide band blades
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2007, 06:33:20 PM »
Keep track of how many hours of run-time you get on a blade before it breaks, the carbide tipped blades will last about that long. This will determine blade cost per hour of use to see if they are justifiable to use.

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