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Forum topic by BattleRidge posted 04-17-2018 08:15 PM 533 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BattleRidge

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04-17-2018 08:15 PM

I am seeking recommendations on the best bandsaw blades for two separate tasks.

I have a Laguna 18BX with a 1” Resaw King blade for general resaw work. I am quite pleased with the blade but for some upcoming projects, it is likely that alternative blades would better, either due to the risk of damage or due to the type of wood being cut. (My other blades are Lenox Diemaster 2, 1/4” 6tpi & 1/2” 4tpi.)

The first task is resawing reclaimed 8/4 lumber from a one-room schoolhouse. While I will be checking the wood both visually and with a detector, as well as doing my best to avoid or remove all nails and metal, I am pretty sure that I will end up with some questionable wood. I have two trains of thought on this. One is to use a less-expensive blade and to consider it to be expendable if it should accidently contact metal. The second is the option of using a blade that is more forgiving of metal by way of being bi-metal and/or with a higher tooth count, and thereby possibly surviving the incident. Again, I will not be intentionally cutting metal, but for questionable wood, I would rather not risk the smooth-cutting $175 Resaw King.

The second task is milling / resawing hardood log sections. My intent is to eventually purchase a portable sawmill, but in the meantime I would like to begin tinkering around with smaller log sections (2’ or so in length). The boards would be dried then utilized in a variety of craft or smaller projects. For this, I would prefer a blade that has a long life (durability and/or ability to resharpen) and a good cut quality at an affordable cost. I have a 103 acre tree farm and my intent is to utilize the occasional fallen tree instead of allowing it to simply waste away on the ground.

I have been actively researching the subject but any input on your personal experience is welcome. I would appreciate recommendations as to the specific manufacturer, blade, width, tpi, etc. Thanks.


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#1 posted 04-17-2018 10:34 PM

As far as a re-saw blade where the possibility of hitting a nail goes i would suggest you go for any bi-metal blade that is cost effective {cheap}. You still have to keep the tooth count per inch low though for the re-saw work. Go up in tooth count and the blade tends to not do as good. That said, if what you are re-sawing is only 8/4…..I would maybe buy a cheap table saw blade and do it on that.
As to the band-mill…I would suggest you look at the Oscar Pro series that Hud-Son makes. Hud-Son uses 1 1/2” pillar block bearings on both sides of the blade for stability and it also has adjustable blade guides. I have the Oscar 336 and reeeeeeaaaaaalllllyyyyy love it. They do make smaller less expensive models, but the ones with the “Halo” cage for the engine and blade are the way to go. I would also suggest that you proceed with caution when you start to look at the many less expensive so-called “offshore” mills. They are cheap and they have fantastic capabilities size wise for the price…but remember, you will eventually have to get replacement parts. Another thing about the offshore mills is that you really need good, straight, perfectly round and true wheels. Put a run-out gauge on one of them and then on a Hud-Son or Wood Mizer. If there ever was an item where you are better to wait if you have to to buy American it’s a band-mill.

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 07:56 PM

The reclaimed lumber I will be cutting is 8/4 thick but varies between 4” and 10” or so in width. The table saw could be an option for the smaller pieces and I may have a blade or two laying around that could be expendable if damaged. My saw only cuts to a 3-9/16” depth though and the lumber is older and a full 4” wide so a pass on each edge would be required. Still though it could give me an idea of what is inside and whether the wood is relatively clear. One concern is the possibility of a small but sharp piece of metal being ejected by the table saw blade and the hazard involved with that.

I may opt to begin with a less-expensive carbon blade on the bandsaw and once relatively confident I won’t be hitting metal, switch to a bi-metal for the longer life.

For the amount and type of timber I will be processing and to fit in the budget, I have been eyeing the EZ Boardwalk Jr, and to a lesser degree, other brands and models. I am fortunate enough to live within 6 miles of the annual Paul Bunyan Show which showcases a large amount of forestry equipment including a sawmill shootout that features a variety of portable sawmills side-by-side and competing to mill multiple logs into boards. Watching the performance of each and having a chance to see & touch various machine in person, I found the EZ Boardwalk Jr to be quite impressive, particularly at it’s price point. I am still flexible and still in the research stage,, but appreciate the Hud-son insight and will be giving it a good look.

Thank you for the feedback and info.

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