I've just ordered a portable badsaw from HF.
I remember reading that blade that come with it is pretty bad.
What would be a good blade for this saw and where to get it?
BTW I'll make a vertical stand for it and will be cutting carbon steel and
to 1/4" thick.
Milwaukee bimetal blades if they'll fit. They probably will.
You don't say how thin you might go. Use a blade with pitch fine
enough to have at least 3 teeth engaged in the cut. If you don't do
that you'll strip the teeth off of any blade in short order,
particularly with stainless.
A blade that is finer than necessary will just cut more slowly.
I went to a local plumbing wholesaler and picked up a 3 set package of
Milwaukee bandsaw blades from them for about $23.00. They said all the
local plumbers used these blades... I am very happy with mine, as I am still
on the first one, after fairly heavy use as a hobbist. (I built a wooden
laminated stand and use my portable mostly as a static bandsaw on angle iron
and strap, on low speed.) I too have the two speed HF portable bandsaw, and
have no complaints, considering the low cost. I do release the blade
tension when not in use. I use a spring clamp on the trigger, and just use
the plug as the on-off.