A 1.5" blade uses a lot of horsepower to flex. It's a great blade to have in the arsenal, if your saw can sling one, but it's not going to be your everyday multipurpose blade. Here's the combo I'd buy, if just starting out:If the saw can handle the 1.5, that's what I will do then. I've gotten busy so it's sitting on a back burner at the moment, but I will update as I make progress. Thanks everyone.
Worth pointing out that you NEVER want to be standing inline with the wheels of a bandsaw. When a blade weld fails, they can eject 10 feet of blade right at you, sometimes as fast as 56 mph (5000 fpm). If you're standing in front of the saw, proper operator position, you will not get hit.Depending on what that link is, you might not want to be standing beside it.