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#1 posted 02-02-2020 05:01 PM

I suggest you buy a 3/8” or 1 /2” blade and get some experience . Also watch the Snodgrass Bandsaw video.

You are asking for a entire book of information. It will be mh more effective to gain some actual experience first exchanging a blade and getting it set up properly and then getting advice. Changing a blade is a bit more difficult than a manual shows.

- Redoak49

+1 on this. Changing a BS blade is more time consuming than some would lead you to believe. One thing I will tell you is most wood workers over-tension their BS blade. This is a direct quote from my go-to expert – a guy who works at my local Woodcraft and has been doing woodworking for at least 30 years. His way of tensioning is to make it tight and then back the tension off until the blade starts “slapping” the inside of the blade channel on the left side. At this point you turn the tension wheel until the slapping just stops. Done. I do this every time and it works very well.

In terms of blade selection for resawing I use a Timber Wolf 3/4” 3/2 TPI silicon steel blade. You can (probably) use a 1/2” for resawing. You may want to call the customer service people at Timber Wolf. They are excellent at what they do and they will help in terms of blade selection.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If it still doesn't fit get a big hammer.

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