I was due to replenish my band saw blades form the last purchase I made. I have always used the highland woodworking wood slicer saw blades. As it was primarily to resaw or rip, I took a pretty large blade (3/4″) blade.
My band saw is a Lagune LT3000 16″ band saw and the length of the band is 132″. granted that there are longer blades then that, it was still pretty significant blade, specially with the 3-4 skip tooth configuration
Looking around for new blades
Not that I disliked the blades, they gave very good results. But being in Canada, last time I ordered 2 blades, the shipping was nearly as much as the value of the 2 blades. I also added the exchange rate, being in Canada.
This is not a complaint, don’t get me wrong, but I was interested to see if there was not an alternative closer to home which would give me comparable performance but cheaper in price.
After looking around for different alternative, I found the Tuff Tooth web site through research of other blades. Price were pretty reasonable and they are a Canadian company, even better. Shipping cost were pretty minimal also.
I have been running 3/4″ blades since I own the saw, about 5 years ago. I have been pretty satisfied with this dimension, but sometimes, having a smaller blade would of been appreciated.
So I decided to go with a 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ blade to try out and see how would compare. I also went with the 3 tpi which is pretty agressive cut. For what I do, the band saw blade is not the last blade to touch the wood so have a not so finish surface is ok with me. There will always be another tool that will pass after to better the surface, being either a plane, other saw or sand paper.
I should be able to test out the new blades pretty soon and report back for results.