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 Post subject: Bandsaw Blades and Tip's
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While I await delivery of my Axminster Plus AP4300T/1 bandsaw I want to get a few blades, and so I am looking for recommendations as to what is the best company to go to (I used to buy Dura Edge), the best sort of blades to buy, and the best assortment of blades to have in stock which will cover any job I throw at it?

It will be used mainly for cutting veneer's and various thickness's of hardwood, but I could be using it to cut straight lines one day and circles the next.

Has anyone used Axminster's Axcaliber range?

Finally have the owners of either the above machine or it's predecessor the SBW 4300 got any tips on either setting it up or using it?

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There are plenty of us here who rate Ian John's blades, sales@tuffsaws.com.

The blades are called Tuffcut, a search on here will uncover many happy customers.

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hi mike

Axminster, yes and Axcaliber m42 yes, there more expensive but worth the extra money last much much longer . hc

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hi again mike

Why not place an order with Axminster see if they can't deliver the blades and machine together save on postage that way . hc

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Steve Maskery wrote:
There are plenty of us here who rate Ian John's blades, sales@tuffsaws.com.

The blades are called Tuffcut, a search on here will uncover many happy customers.

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Thanks Steve. Come to think of it I am sure that I dealt with a guy called Ian when getting the Dura Edge blades who certainly knew all that was worth knowing about bandsaw blades. Is there any chance that it is the same Ian that you mention above?

Your reply has jogged my memory that I must get your Bandsaw Essential DVD's to go along with my new bandsaw :D

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I can recommend the axcalibur as 'jobber' blades, but I would very much urge you to email ian at tuffsaws, not only is he a great guy, but he offers legendary service and really super products.


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Axminster, yes and Axcaliber m42 yes, there more expensive but worth the extra money last much much longer . hc


Hi Martin,

Have you used the Tuffcut blades that Steve mentions? Or should I just buy a couple of each and try them?

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I can recommend the axcalibur as 'jobber' blades, but I would very much urge you to email ian at tuffsaws, not only is he a great guy, but he offers legendary service and really super products.


Hi Colin,

Thanks mate. After looking at a few threads on the forum, members do seem to rate Tuffcut just as much as they did Dura Edge before they disappeared :D

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hi mike

no i have not tried those blade I'm more than happy to use m42 blades from axminster, reasons why it just an hr from me if i want them in a hurry, :lol: if not i know i can pick up the phone and get the best possible service :lol: and not get a load of hassle from somebody as why they wont replace a blade for example . hc :wink: :lol:

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head clansman wrote:
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no i have not tried those blade I'm more than happy to use m42 blades from axminster, reasons why it just an hr from me if i want them in a hurry, :lol: if not i know i can pick up the phone and get the best possible service :lol: and not get a load of hassle from somebody as why they wont replace a blade for example . hc :wink: :lol:


I'm not sure if that is a reference to Ian, but I have had nothing but extraordinary service from him, and he certainly will replace a blade if faulty.

Olly had a good review of his blades on his blog: http://ollypj.wordpress.com/?s=tuffsaws


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Colin, many thanks for Olly's link.

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hi Colin

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I was in no way referring to Ian, I clearly stated I was more than happy with ax-minster from there excellent service I have had from them and from the point of how close they are to me, if i needed a blade in a hurry , no good ordering from another company and then having to Waite a week or longer to get it to my home , my comment was about companies in general. hc :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I was in no way referring to Ian, I clearly stated I was more than happy with ax-minster from there excellent service I have had from them and from the point of how close they are to me, if i needed a blade in a hurry , no good ordering from another company and then having to Waite a week or longer to get it to my home , my comment was about companies in general. hc :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Ah I see - I was just wondering if you had a bad experience with Ian is all. I'm a massive fan of axminster too - they were very helpful with my current problems with my new bandsaw, I just wish I had one local, I have to get everything via the web.


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Mike.C wrote:

Has anyone used Axminster's Axcaliber range?


I use them all the time and have never had a problem. 'Phone the techies and pay a bit extra for the thinner steel stock, 18 thou as opposed to the standard - Rob

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Earlier in the week, I resawed some 210mm deep oak using one of Ian's Supertuff Fastcut blades and the performance was excellent. Blade didn't stall or struggle although, I still took it steady to get the best possible finish - speaking of which, it's good enough to glue straight on to an MDF substrate! 8)

Ian's 'standard' Supertuff range isn't bad either - send him an e-mail and I'm sure he'll provide you with all you need to know.

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