All our Bandsaw blades are manufactured from quality steel stock supplied by by leading manufacturers. DAKIN-FLATHERS and STARRETT from the UK. HAKANSSON from SWEDEN. MORSE from the USA.
To help make the right choice the key to getting the right Bandsaw blade is the width and the number of teeth on the blade.
The most common widths of Bandsaw blades are 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch and generally using the widest blade that your Bandsaw can accommadate is the best for straight cutting. Larger Bandsaws may take 5/8", 3/4" or even 1" wide blades. Bandsaw blades blades are measured from the tip of the tooth to the back edge of the blade. Most benchtop Bandsaws are able to accommadate 1/4" and 3/8" width blades but should you be thinking of using 1/2" wide Bandsaw blades then check that your machine is able to take it. If you intend to cut curves or radius's with your Bandsaw then a 1/4" wide blade can cut down to a 5/8" 16mm radius. A 3/8" wide blade can cut down to a 1 1/2" 38mm radius. A 1/2" wide blade can cut down to a 2 1/2" 63mm radius.
The number of teeth on a Bandsaw blade will determine the feed rate and more importantly the finish you require. Virtually all machines are supplied with a 10 tpi blade from new. This is because 10tpi is by far the nearest thing to general purpose blade that you will get. So if you are replacing the original blade and you have been happy enough with the cut then just go for a 10tpi of the same width you already have. Just in case your not sure 10 tpi means you have 10 teeth for every 1" of blade.
The thickness of the material you are cutting can also effect your choice of TPI. You should be aiming to have at least 3 teeth in the material that you are cutting. So if you need to cut very thin material maybe under 6mm it may be worth going for maybe a 14 TPI blade or if you have thicker material 100mm ( 4") or more then a 6 TPI blade is a better option.
Rule of thumb is more teeth slower cutting better finish. less teeth faster cutting rougher finish.
All our stock blades are REGULAR TOOTH which are ideal for general straight and curve cutting in maost materials. If you are experiencing clogging of your blade then we can offer offer SKIP TOOTH blades which allow better clearing of material when cutting. HOOK TOOTH blades are also available for very fast aggressive straight cutting. If you require either SKIP TOOTH or HOOK TOOTH please feel free to contact us.
The length of the Bandsaw blade that you require should be marked on your machine.