Unlike circular saw blades or jigsaw blades which are made from a solid piece of metal, a bandsaw blade is a band of metal which loops around the wheels inside the bandsaw.
At Draper Tools we have a massive selection of bandsaw blades, in a vast range of sizes, TPIs, blade widths, tooth shape and pitches. With such a range, selecting the right band saw blade for your requirements can be bewildering for the newbee, just follow a few simple rules and it will soon fall into place.
With this in mind, firstly, check the maximum width capacity your bandsaw can accommodate, It’s done by referring to the manufacturer's instructions manual. Once you know the width capacity. You can then choose a band saw blade for your desired cut. For instance, if you’re re-sawing or cut-off chopping, select a blade the maximum width, your machine allows. This enables the blade to stay as rigid as possible when sawing achieving straighter cuts. Conversely, when making furniture or table legs for instance a contour cut might be required, you’ll need a blade that’s narrow, allowing the blade to flex to the desired radius. Some thing to bear in mind is the thickness of the blade as this is important. The continual flexing with the heating and cooling of the bandsaw blade causes metal fatigue. This ultimately leads to bandsaw blade failure. The right thickness of the blade depends on the diameter of the bandsaw wheels and the work that needs to be done. Just like the width of the blades the thickness of the blades follows similar requirements. Thick blades withstand more cutting strain but are susceptible to breaking when performing twisting cuts. Thinner blades are recommended for delicate work and because all our bandsaw blades are designed and manufactured from the finest materials, they last a long time too.