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!
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:
Thank you for reading.
[Post updated – 17/03/2011]