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Band Saw Blades – A Basic Guide

July 13, 2018

A band saw is an essential tool in many metal and wood working shops which allows for various forms of cuts and, in the hands of an expert, it can ensure quality and precise cuts in a very wide range of applications. Different band saw blades can be fitted to a machine in order to ensure the best possible cut and finish on any given material.


With the right type of band saw blade, any enterprise or shop can ensure not only quality on their finished product, but efficiency and speed. With a comprehensive stock of high quality blades, we can help you optimize any project.


Bi-metal band saw blades are very durable, resistant to wear and heat generated when cutting metal. This is because their tooth tips are made from fast steel electron beam securely welded on high strength steel alloy. They are perfect for a majority of applications like fast metalworking, cutting carbon steel, stainless steel, alloy steels and tools, as well as nickel based alloys.


Carbide blades come in two carbide materials: solid and particles. Solid carbide is fatigue-resistant with carbide teeth welded to steel alloy backing. With its strength, it is ideal for cutting stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloys, as well as abrasive materials. Abrasive tungsten carbide particles are attached to a steel alloy backrest, which works well in cutting other materials beyond regular band saw blades. These can include materials like fiberglass, expanded glass, chrome axis and steel frame tires. 


Flexible carbon blades also offer excellent fatigue-resistance, even at high speed cutting. They are constructed from carbon steel and work great at cutting wood, plastic, non-ferrous and abrasive materials.


Additionally, blades also come in different specifications:


  • Length: Each model band saw will have specifications in it operating manual or on the machine itself.


  • Width: Minimum and maximum blade width will also be in the technical specifications for the machine; a wide blade is generally stronger and can withstand greater feed pressures.


  • Tooth form and pitch: Typically, a skip tooth blade is used for rip cutting, with the grain, while a triangular or regular tooth blade is great for cross cutting, across the grain. 


Contact Industrial Band Saw Services today to learn more about band saw blades or to speak with an expert.