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Forum topic by Richard Lee posted 12-31-2017 01:16 AM 4041 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Richard Lee

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12-31-2017 01:16 AM

Anyone know anything about these saws, can you still get blades ? I heard the blades are very pricy.
I have an opportunity to buy one and was just wondering about build quality and blade availability.

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#1 posted 12-31-2017 01:27 AM

I have a Hitachi with a 3” wide blade. It’s a
good saw but the blade width is overkill for
most work imo. The guides are similar to
the Makita in that they aren’t meant for
narrower blades. That’s restrictive, but you
can modify the guide blocks (phenolic) to
use narrower resaw blades.

I bought a 3” Hitachi blade for mine to try it
out. Works great but the expense of blade
replacement is a bit much in relation to the
advantage of a 3” blade over a 1” blade imo.

They are Japanese timber framing saws. I don’t
know what the rationale is for the super wide
blades. It may help with tracking when resawing
really heavy long timbers or something. The
width certainly allows for a lower tpi. You can
get Woodmizer blades made up in widths up
to 3” but I don’t know if they will hold up on
16” wheels. You could call Woodmizer and inquire.

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#2 posted 12-31-2017 04:15 AM

I have a Hitachi resaw, model b600. Have had it for over 30 years. 3 inch wide stellite toothed blade. I have several blades, they last a long time. I’ve actually sharpened one of mine with a diamond file. Pretty easy to do. I don’t use it often, and wish it had an induction motor rather than the very loud universal motor driving it. But when I need to resaw lumber, as for bookmatched panels, it’s great. I also use it alot to rough rip lumber that might kick back on the table saw due to warp or lack of a straight edge. I paid $1000 for mine in 1985. That was a lot of money back then. Have not bought a blade in 20 years, still have a one new in its original package.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 11:16 AM

I’ve got two Hitachi’s in the shop. Had both about 25yrs….Good saws, built like a tank. The blades aren’t cheap, but they do last quite a while, and they can be resharpened a couple of times. Hitachi still sells blades, but I usually buy them from Skarpaz.
Haven’t bought blades in about a year, but the last ones(Skarpaz) were $110.00-$115.00?? ea. The Hitachi’s were about $165.00 each If I remember correctly. Both Can dollars.

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