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Blade width usage

What blade width to use?

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    David Ford May 11, 2010

    has your problem been solved? I am aware of only one blade fitting this tool and that is the standard blade but you have your choice of TPI


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Blade Width is important when purchasing a band saw. Most saws accept narrow 1/8" blades for cutting detailed designs and tight curves. Better saws also accept wider blades. Wide blades don’t flex as much as narrow ones, but they make accurate straight cuts in thick stock quicker. There are also some wide blades available that can cut metal.

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