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Andybb

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 05:12 PM


Not sure how much resawing will eventually do but would look at less expensive blades even though cannot resharpen them. Especially starting out with your band saw.

Many people choose to buy new carbide blades over resharpening themselves or sending out due to blades not cutting like new. Not all 14” band saws can handle 3/4” blade even though manufacturers claim they will. Not to worry 1/2” blades have been used for resawing for long time.

- Wildwood


I guess it’s a matter of personal preference. From my limited experience, to get the best from a bandsaw all the stars have to align including saw body, guides, blades, setup etc. I use my 1/2” blade to resaw quite often, especially if I’m being lazy and don’t want to change the blade. A 3/4” blade on a 14” cast iron saw with a riser block is, from my experience on my bandsaw journey over the last 2 years, pushing the outer limits of the saw, regardless of brand whereas with a 1/2” blade, not so much. The one piece steel 14” saws seem to not have an issue with this, regardless of brand. And don’t get me started on the generic “pot metal” alignment method that everyone from Harbor Freight to Delta and Jet use. They flex and bend and break. I do a lot of resawing of hardwoods and the “expensive carbide blade” has been well worth the investment. There are times when I even resaw with my 1/4” blade if it’s pine or another soft wood. But if I am resawing a 12” slice of bubinga or cocobolo into 1/16” veneer there is no combination that gives me the same consistent results without tinkering as a 3/4” blade on a solid steel saw with my Laguna guides. Plus it was plug and play. I’ve never had to do any setup from the time it came out of the box. No issue with tensioning. The chart on the inside of the saw seems to be quite accurate.

I just got very frustrated with different variations. When I bought my Laguna all of my issues instantly went away. It was kind of an epiphany.

If you are interested in non carbide blades take a look at Kerfmaster blades from Spectrum Supply. They are the same blades that Woodslicer, Timberwolf and others repackage as their own and sell for more $ according to the Jet and Grizzly reps.

Another option is to buy a bigger saw.

YMMV

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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