Wood Slicer® 1/2 inch Resaw Bandsaw Blade (138 inch to 166 inch)
Our famous Wood Slicer bandsaw blade cuts smoother and quieter than any other resawing blade on the market. Its outstanding performance is due to its 3-4 tpi variable tooth pitch design, in which uneven spacing between the teeth nearly eliminates vibration during a cut. The Wood Slicer's tooth pattern damps harmonic resonance extremely effectively; the result is superlatively smooth cuts and much, much quieter operation than ordinary bandsaw blades. In tests here at the store, our Wood Slicer averaged 8 decibels quieter than a popular brand-name 1/2 inch, 3-tooth blade cutting 2 inch walnut, and 14dB quieter in 6 inch walnut. Since noise intensity is halved with each 3dB decrease in sound level, our Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blades will subject your ears to no more than 1/4 of the sound intensity of the noisier blade, and at best can reduce nose intensity to less than 1/16 of what you might usually endure. Unless you're actually fond of listening to a bandsaw blade scream though thick stock, our blade design will be the best you've ever heard on your bandsaw.
Quality of cut is simply fabulous. Resawn surfaces are extraordinarily smooth, with few torn or broken fibers and nearly invisible tooth marks. Testing the blades here at the store, we've produced 9 inch wide veneers no thicker than 1/32 inch clean enough for glue-up and ready to begin sanding at 100 grit. We've never seen a resawing blade cut this smoothly, and we're willing to bet you haven't either.
Our manufacturer has developed exclusive sharpening technology that gives Wood Slicers the sharpest teeth in the industry. Their highly precise grinding process leaves a crisp, burr-free tooth with clean, smooth gullets that transport waste efficiently and resist resin build-up. You'll cut any stock, regardless of its hardness, faster and more easily than you've ever done before. The Wood Slicer you buy will be just as sharp as it was in the factory; finished bandsaw blades are individually wrapped to avoid damage during handling on the way to your shop.
Wood Slicer teeth are phenominally hard, with a Rockwell no. of Rc65-67, as hard as the edge of a fine Japanese chisel. After sharpening and setting, Slicers are sent through a high-speed, ultra-high voltage precision impulse hardening system which treats the face and cutting edges of each tooth without allowing hardening to extend into the gullet, which would create a potential source of fatigue failure.
The Wood Slicer's 1/2 inch wide carbon-manganese spring steel bodies have twice the tensile strength of conventional 1/2 inch bandsaw blades, and they're much harder as well. Our blade's strength is complemented by the extraordinary quality of its weld. State-of-the-art flash butt upset welding produces a quenched and tempered metallurgical structure identical to the rest of the blade--no softer, no harder, and no more prone to failure. The technique is so effective that all Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blades are unconditionally guaranteed against breakage at the weld.
High strength blades let us specify band thickness of just .022 inch, 12% thinner than usual, without sacrificing the stiffness and beam strength required for clean, accurate resawing. Set angle is absolutely minimal, and total kerf width is barely 1/32 inch. (Due to the blades' minimal set the Wood Slicer® is not recommended for cutting green wood)This means you waste about half as much wood as with a regular bandsaw blade, and you demand half as much work from your saw, which gives you less back pressure, faster feed rates, and lower impact on thrust bearings and lateral guides. Slicers' rear edges are rounded and polished, extending the life of your thrust bearings and eliminating a potential source of fatigue cracks. Precise setting, polishing and rounding the back not only make for smoother cuts; they also nearly eliminate blade lead, making it easier and faster to set up your fence for straight, accurate resawing in any material thickness.
If you want to mill lumber to custom thickness or generate your own veneers, try a Wood Slicer Blade for yourself. You'll get results you never thought your bandsaw could deliver, with smoother, straighter, faster cuts than you've gotten from any other resawing blade. You'll feel as if you just installed a larger motor on your bandsaw, and you'll love the minimal finishing required on your resawn stock. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
WANT EVEN BETTER BANDSAW RESULTS?
When you order your Wood Slicer, we specifically recommend that you also replace the original metal guide blocks which came with your bandsaw with Cool Blocks. Made of composite phenolic resin impregnated with graphite, Cool Blocks set closer to your blade than metal blocks, giving a more stable and accurately guided cut. Cool Blocks eliminate friction and heat caused by metal to metal contact, so blades run smoother, cooler and far quieter than with metal guides. Cool Blocks enhance the performance of ANY bandsaw blade, and help ensure that you get the most out of your investment in a Wood Slicer.
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