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#1 posted 05-24-2017 03:46 PM

Not a good idea, IMHO. The saws are engineered and built to certain specs and going beyond those is a recipe for disaster. Even if you could stiffen the frame enough and add HP, you are still dealing with wheels, bearings, guides and other parts that are designed for smaller blades and motors.

A good 14in bandsaw with a riser kit and proper blade is capable of resawing up to 12in with proper setup. Sure, the feed rate will be slower than a larger and more powerful saw, but it’ll work fine and be safe. If you need to go beyond that, either save up, find a used machine or consider building one. Matthias Wandel has plans for wooden framed bandsaws up to 20in throat and plenty of resaw capacity. I’d trust his engineering before trusting my own.

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