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An Overview of Bandsaw Blade Types

April 21, 2021

A band saw’s performance can be greatly enhanced by the brand and type of bandsaw blade it is using. In expert hands, bandsaw blades can work with a wide variety of material and ensure precise, straight cuts. This is why at Industrial Bandsaw Services, we make sure to stock a number of different bandsaw blade types so that our clients can be sure to find the right fit for their machines.  

Bandsaw blades come in many different types, each optimized to fit specific applications.

First, let us go over the different types of bandsaw blades available, of which there are three main categories: bi-metal blades, carbide blades, and flexible carbon blades.

Bi-metal band saw blades: These are some of the most durable types of blades, being highly resistant to wear and tear as well as heat. Their tooth tips are made from a high strength steel alloy, allowing them to work with the most heavy-duty and abrasive applications. They are best suited for projects that require a fast turnaround, working well with materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, alloy steels and tools, and nickel based alloys.

Carbide blades: Carbide can refer to both solid and particle carbide. Solid carbide blades are highly fatigue-resistant, consisting of carbide teeth that have been welded to a steel alloy backing. This makes solid carbide blades particularly ideal for working with stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloys, as well as other abrasive materials. On the other hand, a more common type of particle carbide is abrasive tungsten carbide particles. In these cases, the particles are attached to a steel alloy backrest, forming a carbide blade. These blades are best suited for unconventional materials such as fiberglass, expanded glass, chrome, and steel frame tires. 

Flexible carbon blades: These blades are also known for their fatigue-resistance. They can be applied at high speeds without losing their strength and precision. Their constructed comprises of carbon steel, and they work best with wood, plastic, non-ferrous, and abrasive materials.

When selecting a bandsaw blade for your purposes, make sure to keep in mind these important considerations: length, width, and tooth style. You can get more information on choosing bandsaw blades according to tooth style in our blog.  

For all the best bandsaw blades and products, call us at Industrial Bandsaw Services today!