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#1 posted 04-16-2017 02:47 PM

I have a heavy-duty 16” (Minimax) that excels at resawing and small blade scroll work. The problem is I often need both operations when working on a project and blade swapping (1” to 1/4” and back) is a real slowdown.

I ended up buying an old (1964) Powermatic through a local Machinery Max auction and did a through rebuild (wrote a blog on it). Total cost was still worthwhile and I now keep the resaw on the 16” and have a 1/4” blade on the 14” PM. One of the best tool decisions I’ve made.

I think you are on the right track to get a worthy 14” since it can do modest resawing and is great for small blades, but as you have discovered, if a tool requires extensive setup (blade change) to make a quick, simple cut, you often will resort to a tool that is not really ideal and can be a challenge to do correctly.

If you have the room (and need), another 14” saw (or larger) can be obtained at a later date and dedicated to resawing.

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