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Supertuff “Fastcut” Bandsaw Blades

Note the irregular tooth pattern.

As mentioned in a recent post, Ian John is back in business trading under the name of Tuff Saws. I’ve been happily using a ½”x4tpi thin-kerf blade since December but today’s post is all about a “Fastcut” from the Supertuff range. I’ve been eager to try this one out since it arrived and, today, I even managed to shoot a couple of brief videos to show you how it performs.

These thin-kerf Fastcut blades are much like a regular skip-tooth pattern blade… Except, between each of the larger teeth, you’ll find a smaller tooth inside the gullet – the aim of this design is to improve the rate at which sawdust is removed and to maintain the cutting speed/feed rate without over-heating or stalling the blade.

I’m sure these blades are ideal for deep-ripping softwoods, where resin and pitch will make a mess of any standard bandsaw blade. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any deep sections of pine in the workshop today so, I’ve had to make do with 4in. tulipwood (European – which is pretty ‘gummy’ in its own right) and a great lump of 5x3in. beech, stood on edge; destined for someone’s woodburner because of all the splits.

You can view both videos below. I apologise now for the quality – next time, I’ll definitely look at installing some form of temporary lighting!! I didn’t want any background music so you could the performance of the saw (if you listen beyond the vacuum…). Enjoy!

With a thicker blade, the marker would normally be much higher up.

One important thing to note is that my 12in. bandsaw is produced to suit the hobbyist/enthusiast woodworker who cannot afford the larger bandsaws available today – this just goes to show that, with a good quality blade, any bandsaw is capable of excellent results [that won't stop me from upgrading to a 16in. monster, later this week, though!]. As these blades are also thin-kerf (0.022″, I believe), again, they’ll run well on even a small saw, as less strength is required from the frame to withstand the blade when properly tensioned.

If you’re interested to know what one of these blades would cost for your saw (or, to know what other blades are available in the Supertuff range), the new website is now live:

TuffSaws.co.uk

Thank you for reading.

[Post updated - 17/03/2011]

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2 responses to “Supertuff “Fastcut” Bandsaw Blades

  1. ProVillage 17/03/2010 at 08:55

    Hi!
    As I understand you live in Britain? Anyhow within EU.
    Why I ask, is that we here (Finland) are going to build home-made log band-saw(s) together with different people. The saw-mill is described here in different posts: http://provillage.wordpress.com
    And to buy something within EU is nowadays just a piece of cake. To put it very frankly, here in Finland the sellers usually just sell, they do not know so much about what they are selling, that is left for the customers to find out. And that costs.
    On the other hand, the firms here are still haven’t understood the fact, that nowadays they can’t have high prices for everything that is “a more special product than eggs”. We, who are spending much time at the computers buy nowadays mostly via internet. It is easy and it is cheaper.

    About your post:
    - As this video is on Youtube and people there can’t see, or maybe does not look for information about what kind of wood you are sawing in each clip, maybe you could write on the piece of wood “tulipwood”, “beech” and maybe even the thickness that the blade goes through?
    - You seem to know a lot about blades and that is something we miss. I mean, everyone sells their blades, but as I saw your video, I understood clearly that you are not just a sales-man, but know your stuff. :-)
    - Can you tell us what kind of blades would be best for such bigger saw-mill, or do you sell such yourself?
    - We will be sawing pine and spruce, fresh of course, so there will be this big question about resin. Mostly we will be sawing birch. And birch is quite hard.
    - And yes, you are right, never use music in the back-ground, as it is important to hear the performance of the sawing process.
    One question: Do you have your blades also in metric measures. To convert everything from a long list, is always a barrier.

    Thank you for a nice post. It is always nice to read posts that are thought-through and not just something similar to the Facebook-stuff. I think you catch my drift.
    I will now go and read what else you have written. Maybe I should have done that before I wrote this, but on the other hand, now you got a genuine “first reaction”-answer.

    Henry

    • Olly Parry-Jones 17/03/2010 at 10:03

      Hi Henry and many thanks for your message.

      Yes, I am in England. I do not sell blades myself (I make furniture); I was simply given the opportunity to try out some brand new bandsaw blades by a newly formed business and I wanted to share my first impressions (hence the videos). I don’t know much about large bandsaws or resaws myself but, you could try e-mailing Ian John directly – sales (at) tuffsaws.com. He might be able to offer some advice. Tuff Saws do not at this minute have a website and I’m not sure whether they ship outside the UK? Your blog looks very interesting though and I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it!

      We have a similar problem with “sales people” in this country. Although, to be fair, most firms now have a “technical” department who are able to offer advice and know what they’re talking about. Most saw doctors and blade specialists are also happy to suggest the best blades for your purpose.

      Thanks also for the comments on the videos. While I did put this information in the description boxes of each one, I do agree that it could have been much clearer – I’ll bear that in mind for my next videos! But my main aim, here, was to show that, with the right blades, even a small, cheap, Chinese-made bandsaw is capable of this sort of work.

      Thanks again for your comments,

      Olly.

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