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Understanding Different Bandsaw Blade Materials

December 07, 2021

Bandsaw blades are crucial in many commercial and industrial manufacturing processes, and only the best blades can achieve the correct production results for manufacturers. Bandsaw blades come in many different constructions and are made of different materials. This variety helps manufacturers cater to all the different niches and nuances in different applications. 


In today’s blog, we will be discussing bandsaw blade materials in detail. 

Generally, there are four popular types of bandsaw blades. These are: bi-metal bandsaw blades, carbide blades and flexible carbon blades, also known as carbon steel blades. Respectively, the materials that make up these blades are bi-metal, tungsten carbide and flexible carbon steel. 

Tungsten Carbide: Tungsten carbide is one of the toughest metals. For this reason, carbide blades are used to cut some of the toughest cutting materials such as titanium, case-hardened steel and nickel-based alloys. 

Bi-metal: Bi-metal is a special metal that consists of two different metals, without being an alloy. This is because alloys are metals that have been mixed together but bi-metals are two different metals that are stacked on top of one another. Typically, bi-metals are made of a high-carbon steel core sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. 

Flexible carbon steel: This metal is made from high-quality carbon which enables it to become highly flexible. Their flexibility affords them more give and versatility, and as such they are used to cut less solid and abrasive materials such as mild steels, copper, wood and even plastics. 

When choosing a bandsaw blade for your applications, one of the first things you must do is determine the material of the blade based on the materials that you expect it to cut. Once you have done that, you can then get into the specifics of the blade such as its dimensions (length and width), tooth form and teeth per inch. 

You can consult our bandsaw blade tooth style guide here to learn more about how different tooth types accommodate different cutting needs.   

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