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Posted on Bandsaws: 14" and 18" w/ same resaw capacity?

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 11:57 AM

+1 to what has already been stated and I’ll add that with a larger saw comes more capability. More weight, more power, larger table, more robust fence, these all add up to a machine that can do more and ultimately costs more too. The wheel diameter is of particular importance if you’re planning on heavy resaw work as the thicker blades don’t last very long when tensioned around a smaller 7” radius. The bigger the better from a blade life standpoint but that also makes for a more expensive blade, especially when you get into carbide tipped blades that can get into the $2.00/inch price range. Heavier blades also require a stronger frame as the tension (PSI) still needs to be about the same as smaller blades but you’re dealing with a blade that has a much larger cross sectional area.

Bottom line is if you’re wanting to do a lot of resaw work, you’ll typically do well to look for a saw that is advertised as excelling at the task and the review section right here on Lumberjocks is filled with many different makes and models to help ease your buying experience. Good luck!

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