Advantages of a Carbide Tipped Bandsaw Blade

Nov 13, 2018

Bandsaw blades come in various widths, sizes, quality, and prices. In fact, there are hundreds of different types available for different purposes. If you are going for durability and performance then consider a carbide tipped bandsaw blade. They may cost a little more, but you get what you pay for. Even if they break, they can be re-welded. Here are key reasons why this type of blade should be in your collection.

Why Carbide Tipped Bandsaw Blades are Preferred

High-end projects demand the best machinery and tools available if you want to make a strong and memorable impression on clients. A metal carbide comprises a binary compound of carbon characterized by a hard surface and resistance to high temperatures, making it a strong material. These durable blades are made of small bits of carbide with three sides, known as a "triple chip pattern." Here are important factors that make a carbide tipped bandsaw blade higher quality than many other blades on the market:

  • stronger cutting surfaces
  • can last up to ten times longer than a regular saw blade
  • allows you to cut faster than with a standard steel blade
  • provides superior finish
  • easily outperforms cheap blades
  • 3-4 teeth per inch (TPI) allows for cutting thick wood
  • hook style blade with deep gullets between teeth

The longer the cutting edge of your blade lasts, the more productive use you will get out of it, which is a primary reason fabricators use a carbide tipped bandsaw blade. With proper care, the blade retains its sharpness over time. Since it's a higher grade product, it's important to reduce bandsaw blade tension when it's not in use, which will provide further longevity. 

Other Carbide Facts

Carbide tipped blades can cut through hard and dense wood fairly easily. Due to lower teeth per inch (TPI) than standard bandsaw blades, carbide tipped blades work well for ripping and resawing. It's most effective for cutting straight lines with minimal curves due to the blade width, which is usually a half inch thick or more. An important safety tip to remember is that grinding carbide can spread toxic dust, so wear proper face and eye protection in a well-ventilated area. 


As long as you keep a carbide tipped bandsaw blade cleaned and in good shape, it should be one of the most durable blades in your shop. Sometimes paying a little more for quality can go a long way for a long time. For more information about various types of bandsaw blades, contact Echols Saw and Supply at 602-278-3918. We are glad to answer your questions and provide the best quality solutions for your cutting needs.