Replacement bandsaw blade

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I acquired a bandsaw second handthat takes a 78” blade and the one that was on it wore out, so I bought a slightly larger one to cut to size and weld, but the welded area keeps breaking.
Ive been looking for months now for a replacement blade for my bandsaw and can’t find anything in the size I need. I’m at my wits end and will welcome any help I can get in finding a properly sized blade.
 

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Hey Connor--most of the online blade houses (like Spectrum Supply or bandsawbladesdirect for example) make them to length when ordered. The next 10 people will have 12 different favorite sources!! Since the guy i bought from in North Carolina went out of business--i've not settled on a new seller. They buy the band stock in rolls, peel it off the roll & solder. I'm not the expert on selection--but helps to know whether you're cutting green or dry wood, rounds-rips-veneer-crosscuts, etc. Guessing a 10" or 12" saw??
good luck!!
 

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I've ordered from 3 different places on-line in the last year. The bands were produced from bulk stock after the order in at least one of those places. I suspect the others were also. I used Supercut last time and will do next orders there again.
 

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I've ordered from 3 different places on-line in the last year. The bands were produced from bulk stock after the order n the size my saw requires in at least one of those places. I suspect the others were also. I used Supercut last time and will do next orders there again.
 

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I need to be reminded of Supercut a few times a day for the next few months!! Never heard a bad comment on this or a few other forums. But I only order every year or so.
 

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There’s a difference in the process between welding and brazing Bandsaw blades. I opted for the significantly less inexpensive brazing method using silver solder (instructions linked above). Some high end bandsaws have blade welders built in or they can be bought separately. Regardless of method it’s important to grind the braze/weld joint smooth so it doesn’t catch in the guides. Also, bandsaws with small wheels can cause more stress on the blades as they bend around a tighter radius so stick with .025 thick blades on wheels less than 18” in diameter. The time it takes to braze a 78” blade might not be worth it if you can find decent blades under $10. In comparison I save over $20 per blade for my 18“ Jet bandsaw so it’s worth it to me.

I heard a decent welded blade is better than a decent brazed blaze, but I have no empirical evidence for this. Sure the snapping noise can be scary, but I try to keep the blade guard down and keep my hands out of the danger zone So it’s not a major concern. Although I almost needed to change my underwear the first time a welded blade broke. Serious accidents can happen if you’re easily startled so you might want to wear earplugs If you tend to jump at loud noises. Wearing hearing protection helps me pay closer attention to odd noises so I know when to stop cutting And check the blade.
 

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There’s a difference in the process between welding and brazing Bandsaw blades. I opted for the significantly less inexpensive brazing method using silver solder (instructions linked above). Some high end bandsaws have blade welders built in or they can be bought separately. Regardless of method it’s important to grind the braze/weld joint smooth so it doesn’t catch in the guides. Also, bandsaws with small wheels can cause more stress on the blades as they bend around a tighter radius so stick with .025 thick blades on wheels less than 18” in diameter. The time it takes to braze a 78” blade might not be worth it if you can find decent blades under $10. In comparison I save over $20 per blade for my 18“ Jet bandsaw so it’s worth it to me.

I heard a decent welded blade is better than a decent brazed blaze, but I have no empirical evidence for this. Sure the snapping noise can be scary, but I try to keep the blade guard down and keep my hands out of the danger zone So it’s not a major concern. Although I almost needed to change my underwear the first time a welded blade broke. Serious accidents can happen if you’re easily startled so you might want to wear earplugs If you tend to jump at loud noises. Wearing hearing protection helps me pay closer attention to odd noises so I know when to stop cutting And check the blade.
yep the tic tic tic is a warning and blade moving in and out. The bigger the blade- the bigger the scare factor. a 700 lb saw jumps higher than a 350 pounder...
 
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