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what degree bandsaw blade do you use

4 deg - softwood
13 (11.3%)
4 deg - Hardwood
18 (15.7%)
5 deg - softwood
0 (0%)
5 deg - Hardwood
0 (0%)
7 deg - softwood
18 (15.7%)
7 deg - Hardwood
21 (18.3%)
10 deg - softwood
27 (23.5%)
10 deg - Hardwood
16 (13.9%)
do not know
0 (0%)
13 deg - softwood
1 (0.9%)
13 deg - Hardwood
1 (0.9%)

Total Members Voted: 50

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what degree bandsaw blade
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:51:37 pm »
Member Carson-saws suggested creating a tally list/poll
parent topic
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,95778.0.html#top

FYI - this is my first time creating a poll  :)

edit #1 - as new angles are mentioned i will add it to the list. last one was 13 degree

edit #2 - I could ad an option for every angle from 3 to 15 degree but i am choosing to keep to the standard factory blade angles.
if you do not have a standard angle i recommend voting for the one that is nearest your custom angle.
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 11:05:45 pm »
Well, you did good.  The poll works.  I got the honor of being the first to vote.  Only time I remember coming in first. ;D
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 11:29:30 pm »
That's me day late and a dollar short #2
I have been watching that thread I have been have blade issues
I am running Lt 35 25 Hp  I have been running Kasco 7s and liking them but will still get chatter marks on wide cuts
started using 4s with very good cuts  I started reshaping my old 10s and 7s to 4s

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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 11:35:34 pm »
I use WM 13 degree pretty much exclusively for both hard and softwood. I dont cut much hardwood but when I do, its usually birch or cottonwood and they cut it nice and fast.
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 06:29:54 am »
I marked 10, it's my "go-to" blade, and 7, which is actually an 8, (a modified 10)  after sharpening on my Cat Claw sharpener for Spruce and Hardwood.
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 06:37:01 am »
Nice job with the Poll,

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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 09:02:50 am »
James Osmond of CooksSaw had an interesting article on hook angle in the latest issue (Issue 1 of 2017) of their magazine. It was pretty much along the conventional wisdom (10 hardwood, lower for soft) but he added that lower hook angles perform better on mills that are not properly aligned. I switched to lower angles for hardwood a year ago w/o noticing any change but am switching back to 10 for all woods (for now) to see if it reveals the need for alignment.
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 09:23:09 am »
   Don't know if I skewed the poll because I use 4 degree for pine and spruce because of the knots as well as all my hardwoods but I use 10 degree for poplar. I will likely eventually just use 4s for everything.
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 10:33:51 am »
5 hook angle?  Not unless you customize on your own sharpener...  I don't think they sell a blade like this.  Never heard of one anyways... :)
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 02:49:21 pm »
All of my blades started off as 10 degree.  I have some damaged ones that I resharpened a few degrees less but as long as they are sharp I can't tell any difference in softwoods and don't cut much hardwood so I don't know if it makes much difference in them either.

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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 10:45:37 am »
Funny thing that I noticed is this:  a blade that is being pulled for not good enough for softwood will work absolutely perfectly for a long time in a hardwood.  It's completely backwards in my mind!  ??? :laugh:
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 10:57:05 am »
Yup, I was wondering about that "hole in the chart".

5 hook angle?  Not unless you customize on your own sharpener...  I don't think they sell a blade like this.  Never heard of one anyways... :)
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2017, 12:00:04 pm »
Keeper of the poll(DDW) is doing a great job!! smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2017, 02:54:55 pm »
thanks.

i added an edit #2 to my first post.

should i either add voting for sharpeners used or create a new pole
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2017, 04:55:11 pm »
I use an older WM which is quite different from the one they currently sell. Also when it comes to tooth setters, I use a duel tooth setter that I made myself.
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Re: what degree bandsaw blade
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2017, 05:24:17 pm »
DDW_OR...Thank you very much! Great job setting it up!  I would have made a real mess of it. Thank you
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