Resawing on bandsaws

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Forum topic by BalsaWood posted 04-27-2017 07:25 PM 863 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2017 07:25 PM

How much of a difference would there be for a 14 inch bandsaw with riser block vs a 17 inch bandsaw for resawing boards? Im looking at the Grizzly G0555 and the Grizzly G0513 and am debating which to purchase. Im guessing resawing 12 inch boards will happen only once in a while; the majority of boards will be around 6 inches or less.

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#1 posted 04-27-2017 07:31 PM

Personally I believe wider blades track better
in resaw applications. With a 1/2” 3tpi blade
as soon as it starts to get a little dull problems
can happen. A wider blade on a saw with
wider wheels has more beam strength as it
dulls in usage. If the saw can run 3/4” or
1” blades, that’s a good thing for resawing, imo.

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#2 posted 04-27-2017 08:29 PM

My suspicion is, the 17” is heavier duty and could run wider blades, which always a good thing for resawing. Said another way, what Loren said.

I have a PM with a riser and I can run a 5/8, but that’s pushing the limit hard, since I like to run the gullet at center and that width puts the blade close to the cabinet.

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 08:35 PM

Ditto to above – - wider blades on the bigger machine.

Also I hav the Delta with the riser and it works fine.

But to do it over, I would get the steel frame “one piece” design and more specifically the lower table height.

I really don’t like that the table on my Delta, is at boob height…. but I often work with kids making pinewood derby cars and such, so I have to put them on a step stool.

The 0513 has a table height of 37 inches vs 44 inches for the 555

but that is just my feeling after living with my 14 inch…. and occasionally using a 15 inch Powermatic, that is of the solid design with a 40 inch table height. I liked the lower table.

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#4 posted 04-27-2017 09:28 PM

With a larger saw you’ll have a more substantial frame that can properly tension thicker, wider blades that will always perform better at heavy resaw work.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 04-27-2017 09:49 PM

The larger wheels cause less bending (fatiguing) of the blade metal. Some of the earlier carbide resaw blades were not recommended on 16” and under saws because the blade metal tended to fail before the blade teeth.

That aside, the bigger wheels usually imply more saw (more power, wider blades, more tension, etc.)

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#6 posted 04-28-2017 06:36 PM

The Laguna 14/12 has over 13” of resaw height as it comes from the factory. No riser block needed or even available. Same with the new Rikon 14”.

Not sure about the Rikon but the Laguna is rated for up to 3/4” blades. It has very wide, cast iron wheels.

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#7 posted 04-28-2017 07:12 PM

Most 14” band saws can handle occasional resawing with ½ blade. Have a G0555 without riser kit and that works for me. If were in the market for a band saw today would look at G0513 ANV model over the G0555.

Like already stated 1/2” wide .025 thick is the optimum size blade for just about all 14” band saws. While blade thickness remains same for saw with less than 18” wheels you can use wider blades once get bigger wheel saw. Conventional wisdom has always been that way for blade width as shown by chart in second link. Wasn’t until got over 18” wheels on your band saw that could move up in blade thickness. Not sure if that wisdom still a reality today.

-- Bill

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