Best Band Saw Blades for Resawing (Wood, Metal, Steel) – 10 Reviewed 2019

DEWALT Portable Band Saw Blade

Every woodworkers, carpenters and DIYers love to have the best quality band saw blade in their collection.

Because they can be used for various types of work.

To complete your purpose you need to select the right blade. And with the perfect tool, you’ll be able to cut different materials, create veneers and make precise cuts.

Choosing the right blade is complicated!

You need to keep in mind many things, like- how much width and thickness of blade you need to have a perfect cut or what type of blade tooth can give you smooth finishing!

But you don’t need to be worried!

Because I’ve shared about all the important facts of a good quality blade with the list of top rated blades.

Hope, after reading the guideline you’ll be able to choose the perfect blade for your band saw.

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Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/8" x 93-1/2", 14 TPI
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DEWALT DW3986C 14/18 TPI Portable Band Saw Blade, 3-Pack
Best for Wood Cutting
Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/2" x 93-1/2", 4 TPI
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MK Morse ZCZC06 59 1/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch x .014 6TPI Wood Working Bandsaw Blade
Olson Saw FB23193DB 1/2 by 0.025 by 93-1/2-Inch HEFB Band 3 TPI Hook Saw Blade
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DEWALT DW3986C 14/18 TPI Portable Band Saw Blade, 3-Pack
Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/2" x 93-1/2", 4 TPI
MK Morse ZCZC06 59 1/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch x .014 6TPI Wood Working Bandsaw Blade
Olson Saw FB23193DB 1/2 by 0.025 by 93-1/2-Inch HEFB Band 3 TPI Hook Saw Blade
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Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/8" x 93-1/2", 14 TPI
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Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/8" x 93-1/2", 14 TPI
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DEWALT DW3986C 14/18 TPI Portable Band Saw Blade, 3-Pack
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DEWALT DW3986C 14/18 TPI Portable Band Saw Blade, 3-Pack
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Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/2" x 93-1/2", 4 TPI
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MK Morse ZCZC06 59 1/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch x .014 6TPI Wood Working Bandsaw Blade
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Olson Saw FB23193DB 1/2 by 0.025 by 93-1/2-Inch HEFB Band 3 TPI Hook Saw Blade
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Top10 Band Saw Blades Reviews

Bosch Metal Bandsaw Blade

Features

  • Size: ½ -Inch x ½ -Inch by 24TPI;
  • Purpose: steel & aluminum fabrication;
  • Compatible with: 9-Inch and 10-Inch band saws.

Review

The usability of this blade is limited within cutting thin metals only. It’s affordable, heat resistance blade (as per advertisement) for your band saw. The advertisement mentioned many qualities of this blade, but in reality, it is not for super fine cuts, nor amazingly long-lasting. However, for an economical tool for cutting thin aluminum angels ar metal sheets in pieces, this blade is surely sufficient.

I have heard mixed reviews about this item, hence can’t assure you about its durability. Besides, its tooth geometry is not suitable for any thick or wood materials. For a budget DIY project, this blade can be useful for you.

Things We Liked

  • Budget-friendly price;
  • Suits most brands;
  • Heat resistant.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not long lasting;
  • For thin materials only. 
POWERTEC 13181X Band Saw Blade 70-1/2-Inch x 1/4-Inch x 6 TPI

Features

  • Size: 70-½ -Inch x ¼ -Inch x 6 TPI;
  • Purpose: cutting hard/softwood/plastic/non-ferrous metal;
  • Compatible with:10 inch Craftsman 921400 band saw. 

Review

If you own a craftsman band saw, then probably this blade is the best choice for you among all the blades we have reviewed in this list. It is a thin blade, with low TPI to ensure you can cut the hardest woods into seamless thin shivers.

This blade is made of high carbon steel material so that it stays sharp and lasts long for longer than other blades. The cuts it produces are fine and doesn’t leave any mark of the tooth. Minimum heat is generated by this blade due to its low tooth count per inch, and the result is straight, perfect cuts for longer time.

It is a budget blade. The only problem I have heard about it is, it is too thin and has the risk of snap from where it is welded. I never faced that incident so far; it is still the best for the money if it did so.

Things We Liked

  • Effortlessly cuts toughest woods.
  • Produces less heat;
  • Low price. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Can be difficult to install.
SKIL 59-½ -Inch Band Saw Blade Assortment

Features

  • Size: 15 TPI x ⅛ " x .012" and 6 TPI x ¼ " x .012" and 6 TPI x ⅜ " x .012" blades;
  • Purpose: for light, general and heavy-duty cutting of wood and metal;
  • Compatible with: any band saw that accepts 59-½’’ blades.

Review

This pack has a set of three blades to meet most of your cutting demands. From fine scrolling to heavy duty cut everything will be solved with this three beasts. The ⅜’’ one is for heavy cutting, ¼’’ for general purpose and ⅛’’ blade for fine cutting. You will love the sharpness of all three blades, they take a long time to dull. Besides, the welding spot is so seamless that you will hardly notice it, let alone feeling it while operating.

There are blades in our list that for a single piece costs more than this pack of three. So, don’t expect this pack to be a professional grade one. But for DIY projects, it is the best deal for your hard earned money.

Things We Liked

  • Serves various purpose;
  • Highly compatible;
  • Long-lasting;
  • Cost effective. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not professional grade.
DEWALT DW3986C 14/18 TPI Portable Band Saw Blade, 3-Pack

Features

  • Size: 32-⅞ " x 0.020", 14/18 TPI;
  • Purpose: cutting of thick metal, medium metal and thin gauge metal;
  • Compatible with: small bandsaw.

Review

This pack is meant for cordless/portable/small sized band saws. Beware about the size of blades before ordering them. People often mistakenly order these blades and regret afterward for not matching to their saws. If these blades are the size that accepts your machine, then you are amongst those lucky ones who can experience the miracles that these blades offer.

This is an all-purpose pack to meet all your metal cutting needs. These are made of HSS with a hint of cobalt to make them heat, wear and fatigue resistance. So that, these blades can outstand the most demanding applications without a hitch for the longest time.

As these are quality products, the price is also a bit higher. Considering the performance and quality, these blades are not overpriced. One pack may save you from purchasing three of nameless packs of blades.

Things We Liked

  • Durable;
  • Multipurpose;
  • High quality blades;
  • Suitable for professional use. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Only for portable saws.
Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/2' x 93-1/2', 4 TPI

Features

  • Size: ½ " x 93-½ ", 4 TPI;
  • Purpose: cutting thick wood;
  • Compatible with: large bandsaw.

Review

Choosing the right blade for cutting wood is difficult as the blade type depends on the material you use. If properly installed, this blade from Timber Wolf will amaze you with its accuracy while cutting hardwood. All you have to do is, read the manual and tune your machine accordingly. It is a low tension blade, hence it is supposed to put less pressure on the balls and bearings of your band saw.

The tooth geometry of this blade is different from other blades. With thin kerf and unique five-set tooth pattern smoothly and precisely cuts large stocks of hardwood in thin slices within seconds. For commercial or industrial level wood fabricating, this blade is the best to ensure precision.

Things We Liked

  • Creates less dust;
  • Noise-free;
  • Cuts precisely;
  • Lasts long. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Needs tuning the saw for proper installing.
MK Morse ZCZC06 59 1/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch x .014 6TPI Wood Working Bandsaw Blade

Features

  • Size: 59 ¼ -Inch x ⅜ -Inch, 0.014 6TPI ;
  • Purpose: for woodworking;
  • Compatible with: standard stationary bandsaws.

Review

Even a crappy saw can cut like a master with a good quality blade. This saw blade from MK Morse has gained popularity due to its cutting capabilities even after installing in a decade old leftover band saw. No matter how bad your machinery is, this blade will surely cut straight every wood material you through at it.

This blade is made with flexible material and the edges hardened with carbon. Maybe these are the reasons that this blade does not wobbles, cuts straight and can resist hard materials. It is affordable too. I have heard enough good things about this blade that, you will not turn to other brands for band saw blades if try this one for once. This blade is made in the USA; hence, it is less likely that you will have any complaint about the quality of this item or its performance.

Things We Liked

  • Cuts straight;
  • Suitable for both metal and wood;
  • Economical price;
  • Satisfactory result. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.
Bosch BS80-6H 80-Inch X 1/2-Inch X 6-Tpi Heavy Duty Stationary Band Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 80-Inch X ½ -Inch, 6 TPI ;
  • Purpose: for woodworking only;
  • Compatible with: Heavy Duty Stationary Band Saw.

Review

When you are on a tight budget, choosing the best tool to serve your purpose becomes confusing. You want the best choice for your affordability. For small projects or occasional use, we don’t always have to break the bank to spend on professional grade accessories. This blade from Bosch is available on a low price and cuts clean for a certain time. 

The best thing is, it fits most of the models of stationary band saws; so that, it is highly compatible. For cutting woods clean and straight, this blade is sufficient. It is not good for sharp curve cuts, you will need a blade with a finer tooth for that purpose. This blade is durable as well but dulls quicker. For the price, this longevity is acceptable for me.

Things We Liked

  • Budget-friendly;
  • Perfect for straight cuts.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Noisy;
  • Gets dull quickly. 
Olson Saw 93-½’’ HEFB Band Hook Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: ½’’ x 0.025 x 93-½’’ HEFB Band 3 TPI;
  • Purpose: For hard/soft wood, plastic, mild steel, and non-ferrous metal;
  • Compatible with: vertical, stationary, floor standing 2-wheel band saws.

Review

Its low price may make some people skeptical from buying it, but no one regrets their purchase after using this blade. It is an all-purpose blade for starter’s as well as professionals. From softwood to plastic or mild steel, everything can be cut evenly with this 3TPI blade. Besides, it is compatible with almost any type of saw that accepts blades of this size.

It is easy to use and install, that’s why I recommend this blade strongly for beginners. With one blade you can cut anything or rip any hardwood and so on. Some complained about a slight vibration after installing it. If the welded joint is a bit thicker, that may cause harmless vibration. For an affordable ‘go-to’ blade, this item will be a great choice for resawing.

Things We Liked

  • Easy to install;
  • All purpose use;
  • Suitable for heavy use.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • May vibrate if the welded joint is thicker.
Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 1/8' x 93-1/2', 14 TPI

Features

  • Size: ⅛" x 93-½", 14 TPI;
  • Purpose: For hard/soft wood, plastic;
  • Compatible with: vertical, stationary, floor standing 2-wheel band saws.

Review

The manufacturer Timber Wolf is known to be the best brand for making high-quality products for wood carpentry. This 14 TPI blade is good for fine, smooth finish on wood substances whereas other models are for ripping or cutting thick stocks.

For finer cuts, you will need a blade that is good at resisting heat; because who wants to burn the material while cutting, right? This blade has silicon and a little amount of carbon to catch less heat compared to conventional high carbon steel blades.

With this blade, all your cuts will be effortless, resulting in less stress caused on your machine. This blade is easy on wood and the saw too. It is the best choice for commercial resawing.

Things We Liked

  • Produces less heat;
  • Leaves smooth finish;
  • Durably made.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Clogs easily;
  • Pricey. 
Timber Wolf Bandsaw Blade 3/16' x 93-1/2', 10 TPI

Features

  • Size: 3/16" x 93-½", 10 TPI;
  • Purpose: For hard/soft wood, plastic;
  • Compatible with: vertical, stationary, floor standing 2-wheel band saws.

Review

If you are making a living with using a band saw or wood carpentry, then you already know the importance of cutting fast. Your production depends on it. In addition, using tools and accessories that limit the loss of materials you are cutting is a  bonus. With this 10 TPI blade from Timber Wolf, you are can assure both advantages in your workshop.

As its TPI count is not too high nor too low, you can use this blade for both rough cut and fine cutting purposes. No matter what you are cutting with it, the cuts will be faster, smoother with minimal loss of wood. The price is not out of your reach if you are using it on daily basis for professional reasons.

Things We Liked

  • Produces faster cuts;
  • Clean, dust free cuts;
  • Long-lasting.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

Buying Guide:

If you’re planning to buy blades for your band saw, you can go through the guideline I’ve mentioned below.

1. Blade Width:

Check the width of the blade for buying your band saw blade. For stiffness, wide blades are perfect for thinning board, making veneers, straight cuts.

On the other hand, narrow blades are perfect for tighter curves because they have more teeth per inch than wider blades.

2. The Thickness of Blade:

Thicker blades will help you to make wide kerf in your workpiece and vice- versa. Narrow kerfs will give you easy cuts.

3. Tooth Style:

While you're shopping for band saw blade, you’ll find that they are available with different tooth style, like- hook tooth, raker tooth, standard tooth, skip tooth and many others.

Hook tooth is perfect for general work of band saw. For clean cuts, you can use raker tooth, standard tooth, skip tooth.

4. Tooth Material:

Most of the band saw blades are bi- metal construction, carbon steel or carbide tipped teeth.

Carbon blades are affordable and most costly and durable blade is carbide blade. Bi- metals are the combination of carbide and carbon blade in case of durability and price.

Among all, carbide blades are most reliable, but if your budget doesn’t allow them, bi- metals will work great.

5. Tooth Pitch:

You have to also check the tooth pitch of the blade before buying. You can easily identify the tooth pitch of a band saw blade by the number of TPI- Teeth Per Inch.

Blades with low pitch number are aggressive and you’ll have faster cuts and rough surface by using them.

But a higher pitch blade will give you a slower cut with smooth finishing.

How to Install a New Blade:

If you work regularly with a band saw, you need to know to install a new blade in it. To install a blade you can follow these simple steps-

  • Firstly, you need to wear your safety gloves and eye protector. Then turn off your blade & unplug the saw from the power source.
  • Now follow the instruction manual and lose the blade guide. To remove the old blade, release its tension.
  • After removing the old one, take the new blade, position it by using the guide bearings. Now tighten the tension properly but don’t overdo it.
  • Next step is to readjusting the blade by following the user manual.
  • Finally, check and test the blade to make sure that it has installed properly. If you find vibration there, you need to adjust the tension until the vibration is disappeared.

Maintenance Tips:

Only proper maintenance can help you to use your power tools to use for a long time. If you take proper care of your band saw and its blade, it can last for a longer period of time. Here I’ve shared some tips for you-

1. De- tension After use:

If you’re not going to use the saw for a long time, you should de-tension the blade right after that use. This will help to prolong your blade’s lifespan.

2. Proper Lubrication:

For having a top quality performance, you need to lubricate your blade according to the instruction.

You need to apply it on each side of the blade. If the blade makes too much noise, apply lubricant after every 5 minutes while using it.

3. Maintenance for Bearings:

You also need to take care of bearings. For this, remove your band saw cover and spray lubricants in bearings.

If you find any worn out belt, replace them and make sure the belts are tight. Finally, remove saw dust by using an air compressor.

4. Sharpen The Blade:

You should sharpen the blades regularly. Sharpening the blade is quite simple. You just need to rub each side of the blade on a sharpening stone. To maintain the gullet of the blade, rub the stone at its bottom.

FAQ’s:

Q: Are bi-metal blades durable?

Ans: Durability of your blade mainly depends on their use. But on average, they’ll last 5 times longer than the carbon blade.

Q: What are the materials of bi metal blades?

Ans: Bi-metal band saw blades are made with different metals & joined together via electron beam.

Q: What types of metal I can cut with a band saw blade?

Ans: Most band saw blade can deal with stainless steel, bronze, brass, aluminum, steel and titanium.

Q: Can I use a carbon steel to cut a metal?

Ans: You can use carbon steel blade to cut non- ferrous metals like mild steel and bronze.

Conclusion:

The reason a worker like to have band saw blade in their tool shed is they are versatile, powerful and they can be used in various types of projects.

If you are confused about finding the right blade for your saw, you can rely on my buying guide.

I’ve collected all these information from my experience and a little bit of help of my experienced friends.

These experience also helped me to find the best blades for you.

So if you’ve read this article, you’ll be able to choose your blade easily.

And don’t forget to take proper care of your blade, because it’ll help you to use the blade for a long period of time.

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