With their silicon construction, Timber Wolf® band saw blades are perfect for woodworkers and furniture makers.
As a woodworker, one of the essential tools you should have in your shop is a band saw. The band saw allows you to cut wood to size and rough out shapes. This handy tool features a serrated blade that forms a continuous loop. The blade is operated via a set of pulleys, with one of the pulleys (upper) idle, and the lower pulley driven by an electric motor.
Several features affect the performance of the band saw, but none are as important as the band saw blades. An ‘alright’ band saw will cut your materials very effectively, while a powerful band saw will provide disappointing results when paired with a low-quality band saw blade.
Timber Wolf® blades are some of the best band saw blades that you can buy on the market right now. Many users keep saying how impressive theTimber Wolf®band saw blades are, and we decided to write a review about them.
There are different tooth styles of blades which are discussed below:
PC (Positive Claw):
The PC design has sixty percent of the feed speed capabilities of a hook tooth, while at the same time giving you the great finish of a skip tooth. The depth and roundness of the gullet increase sawdust removal and cutting speed while the milled teeth help to reduce the consumption of horsepower. Couple all this with our unique 6-1/2 degree rake angle and special 5 tooth set pattern and you have an awesome cutting blade that glides through the wood and produces an excellent finish and gives you great overall life. These blades are available in widths of 3/16 through 1 inch wide and the following teeth per inch: 2, 3, 4 and 6. These blades are mainly used in kiln dry wood.
(Variable Positive Claw):
The VPC is designed for straight-line resawing in small to large boards, kiln and air dry, up to 12 inches wide. The variable pitch, positive claw, tooth design reduces resonance throughout the blade by using different size teeth, which produces a very clean finish almost polishing the wood as it cuts. Now available in and 1inch widths.
AS (Alternate Set):
These blades are only available in 3/8 inch x 3tpi, and ½ inch x 3tpi and ½ inch x 2tpi. These blades are unique in their body thickness, set, and rake angle. They are .032 thick, have a full alternate set, a unique rake angle of 8.5 degrees, and incorporate the unique geometry of our PC tooth design. These blades are primarily used by wood-turners and wood-carvers when roughing out blanks from burls and logs. Their performance is excellent if the thickness of your material exceeds 6 to 8 inches These blades are not meant to be used on three wheel band saws or any saw with less than a 90-inch blade length or a wheel diameter of fewer than 14 inches.
(Thin Positive Claw):
This blade which was previously known as the AS-S is only available in ¾ inch x 3tpi. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is only .025 thick with a unique set pattern. This blade also utilizes the unique geometry of our PC tooth. The total overall kerf is .048. This blade is specifically designed for straight-line veneer cutting. When you are resawing very expensive woods that are thick and you want as thin a kerf as possible, a super finish, and you are not concerned with speed, this is the blade for you.
(Raker) & HP (High Performance):
These blades have a very thin kerf and zero degree rake angle and are specifically designed for detail work in 1 inch and smaller kiln dry wood when a very clean finish is required. They are also very effective in plywood, particleboard and other similar products where tear-out is a concern. These blades can also be used to cut soft metals. RK blades available in widths from 3/16 through 1 inch with 8, 10, 14 and 18 teeth per inch. HP blade available in 1/8 inch x 14 teeth per inch only.
Construction of Timber Wolf Band Saw Blades
Timber Wolf® is renowned for the high-quality of its blades. They have appeared on several unbiased reviews and are highly recommended by experts.
One reason for the high rating is the construction. The blades feature several essential characteristics that ensure it delivers unparalleled performance.
The blades are thinly indented, low tension, and are not manufactured from regular steel like many of the band saw blades on the market.
The advantage of being a thin kerf band saw blade is that it is more efficient pushing a thin kerf band saw blade through a cut that the typical band saw blades.
According to Timber Wolf®, these blades are the thinnest on the market. They are approximately 25 percent thinner than most of the band saw blades you’ll find on the market today.
Additionally, these blades do their work with as little stress as possible. They use less tension than the standard blades.
Why is this great?
Well, due to using less tension, they are more powerful than other blades. The saw works efficiently, using as little power as possible, hence the extra power is rerouted to making the saw cut through wood easier.
Since the blade isn’t being pushed as hard as a typical band saw blade, there is less wear and tear on the blades. Due to this, the blades are more durable and will last for a relatively more extended period.
As a low tension blade, these blades cut super-effectively and are superior to several others on the market today.
Installation and Unpacking
Before you begin unpacking and especially before installation, it is important to wear protective equipment. These are sharp blades, and you need to protect yourself to prevent any accidents.
To begin, get your thick leather gloves, a face shield, and overalls. Ever tried to hold a hyperactive puppy? Well, holding the coil of the blades is like that, only worse! The blades are coiled tightly; as a result, it is under pressure.
You need to uncoil the bundle slowly and carefully to prevent the blades from springing in your face.
Read the instructions provided on the packaging of the product. You will be directed to remove the rustproofing oil that lies on the surface of the blades. Do this by using a thinner and pull it over the teeth in a backward motion.
Now that you are done with unpacking, it’s time to install.
Strictly follow instructions, both of the blades and the machine. If understood correctly, these instructions are pretty straightforward, and the blades can be installed in a jiffy.
Choosing a Timber Wolf® Band Saw
Since there are several types of these blades on the market, it can be tricky choosing the right one for you. Here are some features to consider that can help you.
Length of the Blade
This is a no-brainer. You should ensure that the length of the blade matches the dimensions of the saw.
The pitch determines several things, including the smoothness and speed of the cut. A blade with a low pitch will deliver a rough but quick cut. If the blade has a high pitch, it might be slower in cutting, but it offers a smoother finish.
Width of the Blade
Blades come with different diameters. Some Timber Wolf® band saws, especially those meant for resawing, are wider than others. As it is broader, it offers a quicker and more accurate cut. One reason for this is that it resists bending better than others and is stiffer.
Type of cut
You should choose your Timber Wolf® band saw based on the kind of cut that you plan to make.
Caring for Your Timber Wolf Band Saw Blade
There are several ways to care for your saw blades, but here are some general tips that can keep them sharp for longer.
- Avoid exposure to moisture as this can lead to corrosion
- Clean the saw blade regularly as accumulated dirt, debris, and other materials will affect performance
- Use the right settings during operation so as not to overwork the blade
- Lubricate your blade with a light oil.
If you are a woodworker, buying the right blade for your band saw can be a learning experience. Ensure you follow the tips outlined in this post, as well as seek out the opinion of other experienced woodworkers before buying a band saw blade. Remember, you won’t be disappointed in the quality and styles of Timber Wolfband saw blades.