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Bandsaw Blades

Bandsaw Blades

Band Saw Blades at Circle Saw

When you need bandsaw blades, Circle Saw is the place to go. We have hundreds of different blades in sizes from 59” to 160”.  What that means is that no matter what kind of project you are building or material you are using, we’ve got the best band saw blade. In addition, we can custom make blades to any length you need. 

Not sure what kind of band saw blade to use? On the next few pages, you’ll find blades that are made to cut wood and some that are made for steel. But that is just the starting point. To be sure you have the exact right blade there are several factors to consider.

TPI (teeth per inch) and Pitch:

You’re looking for new blades so you probably have already learned something about how the pitch of the bandsaw blade is measured by the number of teeth per inch. The point to remember is that the lower the pitch the faster the cut, which results in a rougher cut. Just like with every other tool in your toolbox, be sure to get the TPI that works best for the project you are working on. Re-sawing you want as few teeth as you can get

So, what is your project? Are you ripping lumber for a bench or table? Do you need to make a lot of curved cuts? That’s one of the best things about a band saw – it can handle all kinds of cuts.

Curves & Blade Width:

Speaking of cutting curves. The width of the bandsaw blade will make a huge difference on how tight you can make your curve cuts. On the flip side, wider blades are better at straight cuts. If you can remember that narrow is curved and wide is straight you are on the right path. After some experience, you will develop an understanding of how blade width relates to cut radius. 

Is band saw drift real? It sure can be. When your blade and fence are misaligned you will get drift. Some experts suggest adjusting the fence to get a better fit. Then again, other experts suggest that adjusting the blade is an easier solution. If you are getting drift, give us a call. We can help. 866-439-8054. 

Some blades are designed to run under low tension resulting in more drift…Ours are not designed to be run under low tension. For more information on drift and tension take a look at thisarticle. 

Thickness & Kerf:

Some woodworking pros think that kerf is not that big of a deal. Basically, you get a narrow kerf when the blade is thinner. How often this makes a difference in your cutting can only be answered by you. Generally, the thicker the material as in a re saw operation you want a kerf at least .032. Blades shorter than 72” will usually be a kerf less than .025 due to the wheel diameter.


Remember high school geometry? Well, now’s when it matters. When working with bandsaw blades it does matter what shape the bandsaw teeth have. The hook tooth is one of the more useful and versatile shapes. For most jobs this will work just fine. If you need a cleaner cut you may want to try a raker tooth. All of our carbon blade 10 TPI and finer are raker style. What you need to keep in mind, however, is that these shapes will cut slower.


 Bandsaw blades are made of carbon steel, carbide-tipped teeth or bimetal construction. In terms of price, they range from inexpensive to expensive to middle of the road, respectively. As you might expect, the prices relate directly to how long a blade will last. You can decide what is most important, cost or longevity.



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