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Highland Woodworking Woodslicer Blades

Average reader rating
3.3
out of 5
Brand:
Highland Woodworking
Model:
Woodslicer
Price:
$43

Description

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 blades. In tests here at the store, our new Slicer averaged 8 decibels quieter than a popular brand-name 1/2", 3-tooth blade cutting 2" walnut, and 14dB quieter in 6" walnut. Since noise intensity is halved with each 3dB decrease in sound level, our new Slicers 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 new 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" wide veneers no thicker than 1/32", 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.

Reader Reviews

Smooth cutting for a while !

Review Summary

I finally got around to getting an aftermarket blade for my 19" Jet bandsaw and wow was I surprised. Very smooth and fast cuts in resawing. After using this blade it's obvious that no one should ever use a stock bandsaw blade. The downside to these blades is that they don't stay sharp for very long, so I probably won't get another one, since changing blades is not something I like doing very often.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

Not so impressed

Review Summary

I've been using bimetal blades from a different manufacturer for years, specifically ones rated for mild steel. So I'm used to blades lasting a very long time when cutting wood. I bought the Woodslicer blade a year or so back and must admit that I was disappointed. It dulled pretty darned quickly compared to my usual blade. I can actually feel the peened over tips of the teeth. The steel isn't particularly hard. While it was new it worked very nicely.
But that period of time didn't last very long. So be aware that when you're facing quite a lot of resawing you're probably going to need to have a second of these blades handy - especially if you're cutting gnarly, mineral-filled lumber. For the money... I must admit that I'm not such a fan. I'll walk on and go back to my usual brand of blade.

Detailed Ratings

2.8
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

3

Ease of Use

3

Value

2

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