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Bandsaw purchase

by Brobri
posted 02-13-2018 04:26 PM

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#1 posted 02-13-2018 04:36 PM

Have you tried resawing veneers on the saw
you have?

I ask because 6” wide is plenty. And it’s easier
imo. There are applications where resawing
wide boards makes sense, but you may find
resawing wide veneers real finicky work. Any
error in fence/blade parallelism is doubled when
you go from 6” wide to 12” wide. That means
that if you’re off just a little, you’ll get fewer
veneers from a given board because they will
come off the saw wider at one edge than the

Big band saws are nice to have and fun to use
of course. It’s just that in my experience wide
precision resawing is not fun. More like stressful.

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#2 posted 02-13-2018 04:58 PM

I bought the Rikon 10-326 last October and love it. I think it has 13” resaw capacity, not sure how much more you’re looking for. Here’s a pic of the first cut I made on it…

-- Aaron - Aspiring Craftsman

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#3 posted 02-13-2018 05:16 PM

Agree with LazarusDB. After considering all the choices, I selected the 10-326 and I’m confident I made the exact right choice.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#4 posted 02-13-2018 05:50 PM

Just for clarification bandsaws sized refer to the depth of the throat from the blade to the back of the saw not the height vertically. My 17” Grizzly is actually 16.25” horizontally and 12” vertically. The 2 hp 240v motor has plenty of power to drive the blades it is made to use (1/8” to 1”). It has a large table and a very good fence.
I agree with Loren that the wider the board you are re-sawing or veneer making the greater chance for problems. You can only saw as fast as the blade moves and the blade gullets can remove the sawdust so the wider the board the slower you need to run it through the saw.
Here is a good video about setting up a band saw.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-13-2018 07:49 PM

My shop has plenty of 220v circuits and outlets installed.

Still, the 1.75hp of the 10-326 saw running on 120v is fantastic, so i have never had any reason to even think about a 220v bandsaw. (Table saw – yes, it’s on 220v. And way back in the day, I had 220v for the radial arm saw, but that tool is gone from my shop.)

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#6 posted 02-13-2018 09:41 PM

I agree with Loren about the 6” resaw size. I have a 15” Powermatic and I really like it, have you considered this one? One other thing I will add about using a bandsaw to resaw….you really want to get the proper blade for this. While it is possible and certainly many do it with a same blade they use for everything else it is so much better to have the proper blade. While I can resaw much larger boards with mine, I still would rather limit it to around 6”. Anything much over that and it turns in to work.

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#7 posted 02-13-2018 10:00 PM

I have to agree with a lot of the comments. 6” max resaw and you will need a good blade. Even a carbide toothed blade although they have wider width. I also have a 10-325 with the new guides and it is great. I have done a fair amount of resawing (6” max) and even some logs. It is slow work. You can not force it or the end product will suffer.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 12:23 AM

Thanks for the replies. I have been buying units of 2’x6”x3/4” cedar fence boards (10 cents ea). I’m making decorative panels for backdrops for churches, weddings and parties. I have been cutting the boards in half with table saw/Bandsaw then running them through the DeWalt planer. I would like to start working with wider boards. My great grandfather used to do a lot of woodwork in the early 1900’s. He did what is known as hobo art. He used a lot of 1/4” stock to make things as small as jewelry boxes to tv tables. So I have a desire to make a lot of customized boxes out of solid 3/8to 1/2 thick. I also would like to make inlay banding and boxes like Matt Furjanick from does. For now a lot of the projects I’m making will be made out of cedar, pine and Doug fir( my 4’ wide 8’ tall panels have s4s 2×4’s & 2×6’s for supports). I know someone that has a bunch of walnut being kept dry under a tarp that I have access to. It’s pretty rough now. If I remember correctly it’s about 12”-16” wide by 2” thick by about 8’ long. My little delta has 1/2 up and 6” resale. Looking to get a 8” jointer and put a Byrd on the DeWalt. ☺

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#9 posted 02-14-2018 12:32 AM

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