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Forum topic by Holbs posted 05-07-2017 03:55 AM 906 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2017 03:55 AM

I need a resaw bandsaw. Currently, I have one of those 2001 year clone 14” 3/4 HP (doubt it’s a true 3/4 HP) bandsaws. Tuned up as best I could after watching Mr Snodgrass youtube video on bandsaw tuneups. The blade is the Timberwolf 3/4” 3TIP resawing blade. 12” length 3/4” wide basswood experiment. The results:

Not so great at my first resaw attempt. Fidgeting with the tension seems to be the issue that I’ll have to tinker with.
I have looked at all types of reviews and what’s best of resawing 12” or smaller under the $1000 mark. It seems, the Laguna 14/12 is top pick for $988 + shipping, though the Rikon 10-325 and Grizzly G0513anv comes in a close 2nd. I know there are too many “which table saw, which bandsaw” posts are out there (which I have read many this Saturday). I was even considering building my own 20” bandsaw but…precision and cast iron seems to be critical to me when it comes to bandsaw veneer or resawing.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 05-07-2017 06:53 AM

I am for Laguna 1st (ceramic blade guides and much more) I believe one of the problems that you are having is the .75 blade. It would be impossible to set it up using the Snodrass’ method. For these smaller saws he recommends a .5” 3tpi blade.

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#2 posted 05-07-2017 08:59 AM

I bought the 14/12 shortly after they came out I also bought their re saw king blade for re sawing I do not regret this purchase in the least. I do a bit of re sawing quite often and I highly recommend that you put this saw at the top of your list. the assembly manual was an experience till I got used to their terms like fixens for bolts etc. I* don’t know if they have rewritten the book or not but you can still get by with it if they haven’t. good luck with your purchase.

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#3 posted 05-07-2017 02:04 PM

i picked up the 14suv. and love the quality I just have to figure out how to set it up

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#4 posted 05-07-2017 02:15 PM

I don’t think you’ll be able to keep a 3/4 blade tensioned properly. That one takes a whole lot.

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#5 posted 05-07-2017 04:21 PM

I’ll try a 1/2” blade and see what happens. I’m totally concentrating on doing plantation shutters with 3 1/2” louvers. So maybe I should only be concerned with 4” resaw height instead of 6”+

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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