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

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 05:49 PM

A 14” BS with 6” of resaw capacity, can be fitted with a 6” riser block, but the HP needed to resaw thicker wood goes up. It takes power to resaw wood that is 10” thick. It’s not the blade length that is important; it is the HP needed to slice through the wood. Using a wider blade doesn’t help if the BS can’t provide the additional blade tension. Using a narrower blade would result in permitting higher tension. That can result in better resawing than with a wider blade and lower tension.

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