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How To Select a Sawmill Blade Type

How To Select a Sawmill Blade Type

Wood-Mizer offers bandsaw blades to meet every type of wood cutting application from green softwoods to dry hardwoods. Offering more than 60 bandsaw blade profiles with an extensive array of combinations based on hook angle, tooth set, width and thickness, which Wood-Mizer sawmill blade and type is best for you?




Manufactured from “carbon” steel, SilverTip blades can be used on both portable and industrial sawmills and is also suitable for horizontal resaws. Carbon is the most common steel used in narrow-band sawing and can be resharpened, but typically not as often as a blade made with high-alloy steel.


  • Width 1", 1.125", 1.25", 1.5", 1.75", 2", 3"
  • Thickness .035, .038, .042, .045, .050, .055
  • Softer than “high-alloy steel”
  • Typically not resharpened on horizontal resaws using narrow widths (1”, 1.125”)

Blade Snapshot
SilverTip is an ideal blade for primary and secondary breakdown as well as for high volume sawing environments.



DoubleHard’s original blade material is manufactured from “high-alloy” steel and is designed for portable and industrial sawmills. With induction hardened teeth, DoubleHard blades deliver twice the toughness and twice the sharp life compared to standard carbon blades.


  • Width 1.25" - 1.5"
  • Thickness .035, .042, .045, .050, .055
  • Harder than "carbon steel"
  • Tough, non-chip material
  • Durable blade even with multiple resharpenings

Blade Snapshot
DoubleHard is a durable all-purpose blade for sawing softwoods, hardwoods, knotty woods, and frozen woods.



Featuring “premium high-alloy” steel for maximum flexibility and sawing life, MaxFlex blades are primarily used in portable and industrial sawmill operations but can also be used in resawing applications.


  • Width 1.25", 1.5"
  • Thickness .042, .045, .055
  • Maintained with CBN grinding technology
  • Material hardness resembles DoubleHard

Blade Snapshot
MaxFlex is a premium quality all-purpose blade for use in sawing and resawing environments where ultimate flex life is desired.



Bi-Metal is made from “high-alloy” two-piece steel with a wire-welded, hardened tooth tip. Generally used for primary breakdown sawing in portable or industrial sawmill operations, Bi-Metal blades hold a sharpened edge up to three times longer than carbon blades.


  • Width 1.25", 1.5"
  • Thickness .042, .050
  • Maintained with CBN grinding technology

Blade Snapshot
Bi-Metal offers a longer sawing sharp life than most carbon and high-alloy blades and is engineered for production sawing environments.



Manufactured from “high-alloy” steel with a Stellite® set tooth, RazorTip Stellite® blades have a high wear characteristic that stands up to normal and difficult sawing longer than other high-alloy or carbon blades.


  • Width 1.25", 1.5", 1.75", 2"
  • Thickness .042, .045, .055
  • Maintained with CBN grinding technology
  • Teeth are more resistant to dulling than high-alloy

Blade Snapshot
RazorTip Stellite® performs very well when longer run times, excellent wear power, and multiple resharpenings are desired for tropical hardwood and even softwood sawing applications.



RazorTip Carbide blades utilize a very hard “triple chip tooth” configuration with an alternating “carbide” raker tooth that can withstand the hardest of hardwoods and provide a very smooth finish.


  • Width 1", 1.125", 1.25", 2", 3"
  • Thickness .035, .038, .045, .055
  • Requires diamond wheel for resharpening
  • Harder teeth than Stellite®, high-alloy, and carbon

Blade Snapshot
RazorTip Carbide is a tough blade that stays sharper longer in the most difficult sawing conditions such as tropical hardwoods, kiln dried lumber, engineered wood, and more abrasive materials.



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