Band Saw Blade 64-1/2" x 1/2" x .025" 14/18VARI Bi-Metal
Metal Cutting Band Saw Blades
- 64 1/2" x 1/2" x .025" fit most 4"x 6" horizontal/vertical metal cutting band saws.
- 14/18 VARI tooth
These are high quality bandsaw blades by the same company as Foredom tools.
Some general blade information:
Variable Pitch Teeth vary in size, set and gullet depth which brings teeth into the work at constantly changing angles for fast, smooth and quiet cutting. The varying gullet sizes allow increased protection against tooth strippage when cutting on a wide range of materials and/or dimensions.
Bi-Metal Matrix with Variable Pitch Teeth blades have a high speed matrix cutting edge, electron beam welded to a low alloy shock resistant back and resist heat in excess of 1000o F. They cut faster, last 10 times longer than carbon flex back or hard back, and have excellent shock and abrasion resistance. Use Bi-Metal Matrix blades for horizontal gravity fed metal cutting band saws to cut a wide range of hard materials in production cut-off operations using heavy duty horizontal band saws.
Narrow widths are for vertical band saws to cut radii in hard-to-machine die steels, for contour cutting, re-sawing exotic woods, and for solids and for interrupted cutting.
TIP: You really want to have a minimum of 2 saw blades on hand. One small tooth, one big tooth. I keep a new one in the package of each for back up. The rule of thumb is to have 3 teeth touching the metal when cutting. In practice on thinner metals this just doesn't happen but I still use no bigger than an 18tpi (teeth per inch) blade. Generally, for 1/8" and thinner, you want a 18tpi blade. For 1/8" to 3/16" thick, you want a 14tpi. For thicker, you want a 10tpi. I tend to prefer the vari tooth myself when I can get them. They are not made in all the tpi's though.
Tip: There is such a thing as breaking in a blade to get longer life. Basically, you slow your saw down (if you can) or you cut at half the speed rate you would normally for 10 minutes. If you find you are shearing teeth off and getting skips in the blade, try spending just 10 minutes slower cutting speed on your next new blade. It works.