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Old 10-28-2004, 06:38 PM
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Feed rate is determined by the shape of the swarf or "cuttings", you should have nice "curly cues" or figure 9 shaped chips. Tooth pitch is the most important factor when selecting a blade for a bandsaw, you should have three teeth in contact at all times or you risk breaking teeth off, too many teeth in contact raises the pressure needed to effect a cut and also means they will plug up with chips causing increased friction and possibly chip "welding" in the gullet of the tooth.

Here's a good article for reference.
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