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Buying Bandsaw Blades
« on: December 10, 2001, 11:18:06 AM »
As most of you know, I am not sawing full time, but am a wood worker that enjoys having fun on a limited basis.

With my new custom mill, I have only used three blades which are from Simonds.  They did fine, I guess.  Since I do not have much experience, I really do not have anything to compare with.

So, my question is, Does anyone have a recommendation for a bandsaw blade or are the ones  I am using ok? ::)



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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2001, 11:46:59 AM »
If you was runnin a cirlcle mill I would tell you don't use anything BUT Simonds. Tried the others, no comparison. Sorry, That didnt help one little bit ::)
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2001, 12:06:15 PM »
I have a mill with a 13' 2" band and have found Simonds 1/14 Red streak with 7/8's pitch to be economical and provide good service.  Other bands I've tried became too pricey without providing better service. Some just won't cut.  

So....I decided to approach it from the standpoint of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2001, 12:22:36 PM »
I`ve been using Wood-Mizer bands and I`m happy with them, the first batch will go back to Wood-Mizer for resharpening.

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2001, 12:33:24 PM »
Does Woodmizer manufacture thier own blades? Or are they Woodmizer blades because Woodmizer sells em?
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2001, 12:53:22 PM »
Wood-Mizer has always bragged about being the only mill manufacture that manufactures their own blades.  Something like 5,000,000 feet per year.  I think it's a major part of their business.

http://www.woodmizer.com/domino/html/blades/WWWBlades.nsf

They also make blades of different length for other mills. Even Blue ones. ;D
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2001, 09:54:16 PM »
Email Woodmizer and tell them what yooou are sawing and what lnght blade you are using. They will send you a free sample. You can get the email adress at  WWW.Woodmizer.com. Don't know about thier blades yet. Am waiting for mine to get here. Going to try their DOUBLE HARD blades to see if I can do any better sawing liveoak. LeeB
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2001, 10:37:33 AM »
Randy Panko is THE blade man at Wood-Mizer.  I think he made a general offer over on the "other" forum to send a free DoubleHard blade to those who wanted to try one.

His e-mail address is:  rpanko@woodmizer.com
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2001, 01:14:12 PM »
Hey Bib why don't you invite him over from the "other" forum to "thee" forum :D
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2001, 04:18:07 PM »

.......Oh-Ta! Master B. Consider it done! 8)[/color]


Hay!  Now I got three trees.  They grow fastern I can cut them down!  :o
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2001, 05:05:03 PM »
Bib,

We can`t let him get away with that.
UP THE ANTE !
Tell him Jeff is giving away bandmills for people to try.

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2001, 05:25:05 PM »
Yeppir alls they got to do is go to Sault Canada and look for the guy sitting on a strange lookin toilet full of ice cubes and take it from him.
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2001, 02:17:39 PM »
Interesting forum with amazing participants!

It's been over 20 years since Wood-Mizer developed its first sawmill with a 14 hp gas engine and narrow 1.25" blade.  Our mills became popular almost immediately, and almost as quickly we discovered that we needed better blades.  We evaluated the materials and processes used to make other blades and decided to take a different path.

We use a higher quality, low carbon steel that typically can be sharpened again and again. Then a couple of years ago we started induction hardening the teeth.  This made the teeth harder and provided more wear characteristics.  Since the body of the blades was hardened at the steelmill to our specification and then hardened again by us, we call these bands the "DoubleHard" blades.  These blades are available in a wide range of thicknesses, widths, and profiles.  We should have a blade for most sawing conditions.

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2001, 03:00:31 PM »
Randy, I sent you an e-mail inquiring about woodmizer blades and cost and such.  But have not received a reply.  I wondered if you did not receive my e-mail for some reason. I would be interested in trying one. 8)

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2001, 03:22:15 PM »
Randy,
Is there any substantial savings when buying a box of say ten to fifteen bands from Wood-Mizer?

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2001, 05:01:43 PM »
Welcome to the Forum Randy!  

Looks like youve already attracted some questions.

Maybe we need a new folder on the topic of blades?  :P

While Randy is the BladeMaster at Wood-Mizer,  he also knows everything about the mills too.  (Well, at least orange ones. :D)
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2001, 06:04:25 PM »
Mobile Dimesnions Sawmills are ORange also!   How about them apples, Randy?   :D :D :D
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2001, 06:19:55 PM »
So are Forestall, CMC technologies and Morbark. Orange must be the mark of a fine sawmill.  Can't speak for mobile dementia (Fruedian slip) never heard of one before Timberbeast!
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2001, 09:02:22 AM »
Red is pretty, too. :D

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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2001, 01:48:50 PM »
There ya go. ;D
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2001, 01:51:58 PM »
What the heck is red other then Kevin after trying to unwinding his first woodmizer band?
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« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2001, 01:57:50 PM »
My Timberking! oh and matching Massey Fergie :D
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2001, 06:44:31 AM »
You guys are too much.  But a little(or a lot) of laughter helps us get through these rainy days!

My mill used to be orange.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to park it in a covered barn or shed and the weather has turned it to a lighter shade of orange and some brown mixed in.

By the way, it doesn't matter what color your machine is I'd be happy to help whomever.

I have a mill/friend in Arkansas and every WM he's owned ended up being Blue Sky before he was done with it.

Papa, let me check your order.  I'm a little behind on e-mails.

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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2001, 07:14:24 AM »
Thanks Randy, just wanted to make sure you got the e-mail.  

My mill is custom built by me and it works quite well and it is real Ford Tractor RED.  I just love it. 8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2001, 07:48:35 AM »
I've found that AGCO-ALLIS Orange matches Wood-Mizer paint real well.

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2001, 09:26:36 AM »
You would think that somebody out there has one "John Deere Green" Now I got that dang Joe Diffy song stuck in my head.
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« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2001, 10:09:53 AM »
Joe Diffy in the head doesn`t hurt near as much as the WM double hard !
                     

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2001, 10:20:21 AM »
I'm looking at a mill from S&E in Alerbammer that is pretty close to JD Green.  I'd probably have to put some orange polka-dots on it to keep from losing it in the woods.
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« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2001, 11:18:32 AM »
I'll bet it is almost as pretty as RED :D :D

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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2001, 02:00:46 PM »
Jackson Lumber Harvester uses orange on their carriages, and uses John Deere green for their frames.  Their log decks are also green.,

Mellot decks and debarkers are all painted red.
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #30 on: December 14, 2001, 02:37:09 PM »
I'm not a sawyer and am getting completely confused here. I'm not sure how to relate bandsaw blades to color. Are they longer on the orange ones than the green ones and wider on the red ones than the orange ones or do the green ones become compatible if used on the red ones and not on the orange ones.  I think I'll just stay a desk jockey....... ::) ???
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Re: Buying Bandsaw Blades
« Reply #31 on: December 14, 2001, 02:39:44 PM »
Shoot, sounds almost like Christmas. Just put the nuts and fruits in the sawbooth and say "Feliz Navidad"

Afrikander?
"Een Plesierige Kerfees"
Arabic?
"I'd Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida"
Argentine Spanish?
"Felices Pasquas"
Bohemian?
"Vesele Vanoce"
Brazilian?
"Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo"
Chinese: (Cantonese)?
"Saint Dan Fai Lok"
(Mandarin)?
"Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan"
Croatian?
"Sretan Bozic"
Danish?
"Glaedelig Jul"
Dutch?
"Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar"
English?
"Merry Christmas"
Farsi?
"Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad"
Finnish?
"Hyvaa joulua"
French?
"Joyeux Noel"
German?
"Froehliche Weihnachten"
Greek?
"Kala Christouyenna"
Hebrew?
"Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova"
Hindi?
"Shub Naya Baras"
Hungarian?
"Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket"
Icelandic?
"Gledileg Jol"
Irish?
"Nollaig Shona Dhuit"
Italian?
"Buone Feste Natalizie"
Japanese?
"Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto"
Korean?
"Sung Tan Chuk Ha"
Navajo?
"Merry Keshmish"
Norwegian?
"God Jul"
Polish?
"Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia"
Portuguese?
"Boas Festas"
Russian?
"Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikon Rozhdestva is Novim Godom"
Samoan?
"La Maunia Le kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou"
Scots gaelic?
"Nollaig Chridheil Huibh"
Slovene?
"Srecen Bozic"
(Thank you, Vlado & Mojca)
Spanish?
"Feliz Navidad"
Swedish?
"God Jul"
Tagalog? (Filipino)
"Maligayang Pasko"
(Thank you, EENB )
Welsh?
"Nadolig Llawen"

Hawaiian?
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