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#1 posted 11-05-2018 12:51 AM

I have a two year old PM1500 saw. The only time I am able to cut a nice re-saw is when the blade is razor sharp {which typically isn’t very long}. The only time I cannot cut a good re-saw and have trouble is when the blade is dull. It doesn’t take much use for these new band saw blades to quickly get too dull to perform re-saw work. Little nit pickety adjustments, tensions, etc. have never stopped me from getting usable re-saws. Adjustments don’t have to be dead on to re-saw, but they have to be within reasonable close. Yours sound way better than that. Only a bad blade will ruin the work. When I say “bad” blade, I mean bad for use re-sawing, I do not mean bad for band sawing in general use.
Any blade that has any amount of time on it, even if it was treated perfectly and always kept in perfect adjustment will just not do when we are talking re-saw. The blade that has been on your saw for a while and still works just fine for general band saw work WILL NOT GET IT when it comes to re-sawing.
As posted, buy a carbide blade if you intend to do much of any re-saw work, it is cost effective in the long run. When you figure out that you pretty much need a new blade every time you need to re-saw some wood all of a sudden the cost of a good carbide re-saw blade will make sense.
You can fight it playing with adjustments…I have seen guys replace everything up to the entire saw, but what ultimately solved the problem was always a razor sharp, new blade. Best of luck.

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