Highland Woodworking - 1/2-in. Bandsaw Blade Wood SlicerThis is a well-performing bandsaw blade that produces a thin-kerf cut.
To test bandsaw blades for resawing, we selected 1/2-in.-wide blades, a size well suited to resawing on a 14-in. bandsaw. The same saw (Delta model 28-241) was used for all of the tests. When it comes to resaw blades, most woodworkers have only three demands: that the blade be reasonably fast and that the cut be both reasonably flat and reasonably smooth. To measure speed, we timed low long it took to cut through a section of 9-1/2-in.-wide soft maple, with short times equating to fast-cutting blades. To measure flatness, we measured the amount of barreling on the test block using a straightedge and a set of feeler gauges. To find the smoothest cutters, we measured how much sanding had to be done to remove the blade marks. The Wood Slicer was the top performer in the smoothness category and was one of two that stood out for speed. It received our Best Overall rating among the 1/2-in. blades tested.
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