Do I need a riser block on a 1HP 14" bandsaw?

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Forum topic by smozes posted 06-24-2017 09:43 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2017 09:43 PM

Im about to receive a Delta 28-400 as a gift. It seems sturdy, but I just realized that it’s a one piece construction and can not be extended with a riser block.

It’s my first bandsaw, and in theory I would like the option of resawing and making veneers, but have no idea if I’ll get to it. I will mostly be building stuff for the house, tables, vanities, not fine woodworking. I see some opinions that resawing tall stock on a 1HP 14” bandsaw is not recommended anyway. I expect to mostly purchase lumber in roughly the thickness I need, and not working from rough lumber.

I don’t have room or budget for larger saws, and I’m wondering if I should get the Grizzly g0555 instead. Thoughts?

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Bill White

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#1 posted 06-24-2017 09:54 PM

I have the 0555LX, and as yet, have not fitted a riser. The saw has been quite good for the $$ spent.
I just have not been driven to add the riser.

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#2 posted 06-24-2017 10:31 PM

I have a Shop Fox 14” and added the riser block about a year ago I have yet to use the additional capacity.

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#3 posted 06-24-2017 10:37 PM

You can resaw and make veneers just fine
on a band saw with 6” height capacity.
The thicker you go, the more complex
and prone to error resawing gets anyway.

If you were cutting bowl blanks that would
be a different matter.

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#4 posted 06-24-2017 11:28 PM

Your second paragraph states that you probably wouldn’t use the extra capacity anyway so why second guess? Just use your gift and enjoy it.

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