Choosing the Correct Band Saw Blade

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Choosing the right band saw blade depends on many factors which include: the type of band saw you use;  condition of your  band saw; and the materials that are to be cut. Also, the quality of the blades varies from the blade type, such as Carbon, Bi-Metal or Carbide tipped blades. It is impossible for one to work perfectly for every material and/or purpose. Each type of band saw blade has different capabilities. Each of them differs their resistance to shock (while  entering and exiting the cut) and heat (while cutting).

Without the right blade, the band saw might prematurely wear out. Being able to understand the various types of band saw blades and their application can help you choose the right blade for the project you want.

Carbon Band Saw Blades

This type of blade is more economical to purchase. This is a  good blade for maintenance shops;  cutting wood, plastics and/or non-ferrous metals. Carbon Band Saw Blades can cut mild steel,  if used at lower speeds and preferably, with coolant.

Bi-Metal Band Saw Blades

This type of blade is the “everyday workhorse”. Bi-metal blades are designed to cut everything from simple metal cutting to high production cutting where cut accuracy and blade life are the most critical factors.  Bi Metal blades offer more cutting versatility and longer life  due to  their unique construction.

Carbide Tipped Band Saw Blades

Carbide Tipped Band Saw Blades can saw through tough material that Bi-Metal blades can’t cut. This blade can cut super alloys and in applications for high production and good surface finish. This blade offers exceptional fatigue, shock and wear resistance when cutting aluminum castings, fiberglass, plastics, composite materials and abrasive woods.

Choosing the right band saw blade is important for both the quality of your work and your safety. When choosing a band saw blade, consider the project ahead: the type and size of blade for your saw matters just as much as the material that needs to be cut. While selecting the wrong band saw blade can cause undue stress and danger to you if the saw blade breaks, the proper blade can be a valued, long-lasting tool. Paying attention to the details ensures efficient, safe work with quality results.


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3 Responses to Choosing the Correct Band Saw Blade

  1. MIchael Stanford says:

    Wouldn’t I just save myself a heck of a lot of time by installing a bi-metal blade with a 6-8 tooth pitch and be able to cut a broad range of light metals (non-ferrous) and making adjustments to my speed and feed rate?

  2. Gadbois says:

    Hey Mike – good question and one which we deal with often here at Band Saw Service. I wish more people would ask this type of question. The truth is, there is no “one size fits all” blade. Questions which need to be answered revolve around the product you are cutting; the saw you are using’ the expected production rate; etc, etc. While a Bi-Metal saw blade is a pretty good answer to most soft metal cutting scenerio’s, if you get into exotics, high ferrous metals or abrasives, the money you may think you are saving by purchasing that one blade for all uses isn’t going to do the job; you’ll end up buying a more stout blade for those “heavier” cutting jobs; and you’ll be replacing that bi-metal saw blade because you trashed it!
    Pro’s go with the right saw, saw blade etc for the task at hand. In thelong run, it will save you time and money!
    Thanks for asking.

  3. barry says:

    I think Carbide Tipped Band Saw Blades for me now. non ferrous metals

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