Re: Carbide Toothed Band Saw Blade
raw timber and "Found Wood" that is junk you found lying around can have a lot of nails pebbles dirt sand etc. in them that will do a number on blades quickly. cut those with the cheap blades.
Cut quality clean wood with the carbide. that is bad enoguh and even good wood has sand in it. Plywood or any other wood with resin or glue in it is also hard on a blade. Plywood, particle board. OSB etc.
Eventually your blade will start acting dull. It isn't it is dirty. Carbide is very difficult to dull the teeth will chip more often than they will get dull. So get a good blade cleaning solution and hone your blade cleaning skills. with good care you will not need another blade for a very long time. I have a saw that has had the same blade for 5 years. and it is still cutting like a cot knife through butter if I keep it clean.
For a lower cost blade try timber wolf blades. they are top of the line. I know that a group at penturners.org used to put together group buys for them so you can get them at discount prices. You might want to go their and see if anyone is still doing them. Nice group of people.
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