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Forum topic by groland posted 07-28-2019 07:59 PM 674 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2019 07:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resaw advice

I have a Delta Model 28-276 14-inch bandsaw. This saw has a 3/4 HP motor. Blade size is 93 1/2 inches.

I write to seek information on resawing as I am new to this and am concerned about my tools and process. I am using a “Woodslicer” blade from Highland Woodworking—1/2” wide, 4 TPI.

The material I am working with is quarter-sawn, 5/4 poplar and white oak. The pieces are 5 inches wide and ca. 24 inches long. I plan to use this lumber for drawer sides.

I jointed and planed one face and one edge of the stock to have a flat edge 90 deg. to the face. I drew a center line for reference on the edge. I cleaned the blade thoroughly with WD-40 and a Scotchbright Pad using a little wire brush to remove stubborn matter. I checked that the blade bearing blocks (I’m using “Cool Blocks”) were correctly positionedand freehand the stock through the saw on edge, of course. I cut one piece of poplar.

The resaw came out pretty well, but the process seemed glacially slow. It seemed to take forever to saw through the board but I was trying for a steady feed rate and little pressure that would make the motor labor.

Then I tried the white oak. Jeez, I never worked with it before but it is about as heavy, dense and hard a wood as I have ever worked with.

So, some basic questions.

Am I using a correct blade? (I will probably buy a new blade shortly to see if my old one is just too dull for this kind of work.)

Is this bandsaw too underpowered for this kind of work?

Is such a slow speed normal for this work?

Any thoughts?


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#1 posted 07-28-2019 08:44 PM

To me it reads like your Wood Slicer blade is done.
They are great when new but go dull fast for a number of reasons.
I use blades from Olsen and a local tool store near me welds up some generic stuff from Morse.
My favorite blade is 3/8 skip tooth .025 Olsen blade. I have a PM 14 inch that takes the 93.5 length blade.
So before you wheel your saw out to the curb try a new blade for important resawing.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 07-28-2019 08:58 PM

That saw style, is glacially slow. The were conceived more for cutting curves. We have tried to stretch them into heavier saw duty as a resaw machine. Actual resaw bandsaws probably start at 2HP, and go up. Blades are mostly 1” and deeper with a bit heavier gauge metal so it gives them some backbone. I use a thinner 3/4” blade on my Rikon 18” to give me a smaller slice, so I also have to go slower, but patience is a virtue, and will net you good results.

Whenever I get a new blade. First thing I do is feel and look around for the weld. Is it flat, and very smooth? If not you will hear that clik click click as it goes between properly set guides. I used to listen to that, until I started noticing those blades never lasted very long. Now I dress those welds down until they are flat and true with a honing guide I picked up at a machine tool place for honing metals. I really need to get something else, mine is getting a dish in it.

It sounds like you are either very lucky, insightful, or have read the literature, as it sounds like you are taking the correct steps. With that saw about all I could recommend is get away from any “pre-made” blades, go through a built to specification place, and get the beefiest 1/2 blade they carry with 3 TPI instead of 4.

I use HSS for blade material. My personal venture into “carbide tipped blades” has been costly, with really poor show on the cuts, and a much shorter life than expected. I really like Starrett blade material, same as the measuring tool folks.

Not listed in any order of preference, just from my favs. I’ve heard good about most of these places, it’s why I keep them. I’ll lead off with some I know that have Starrett material, not all of these have I tried, so they may not actually be the best.

Bandsaw Blades King is the last place I got blades. They were Starrett Woodpecker model 3/4” x 142” for my Rikon 18” BS. They had very good welds, but took a while to get to me. I usually keep 3 blades ahead, and will re-order, usually a dozen at a time.

If anyone reading this knows of an online blade maker that uses Starrett stock, please list it

When you HAVE to buy right now, you’ll get some pre-made crap, that is someones idea of a good blade, but actually just made with profit in mind. IOW they send you crap, for some $$$$$

Cyber Woodworking Depot The Tool Center as they are also called, used to carry my Starrett blade material, they have gone to Lennox only, and I’m not in love with it. Most use it because a roll of it is cheaper to buy, pure and simple, That alone should tell you something.

The rest of these I have heard others talking about, untested by me, but that is mostly because they are Lennox suppliers. Prices may be lower though, but I’d suspect the material is too. The real biggest thing is NEVER try anyone for a lot of blades. Get one right now, check it, look and feel the welds, if they are crappy, it’s likely they always will be from that supplier. Welds are IMPORTANT.

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#3 posted 07-28-2019 09:32 PM

Wood Slicer blades go dull VERY quickly. Try the top of the line from “Supercut” I use 1/2’ carbide impregnated and outlast wood slicer, ten to one. Mine is 1 HP saw.

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#4 posted 07-30-2019 12:44 AM

3/4 horsepower is pretty wimpy for resawing. I doubt if there is a blade that would bring the saw up to a reasonable speed. I used to resaw with a 1 horsepower steel frame Rikon and it was really slow.

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#5 posted 08-16-2019 05:07 PM


Taking all these comments into account, I have ordered several blades from different makers for my little Delta saw. I have also looked into some new bandsaws and am thinking about possibly buying a bigger more powerful one.

Today, the first new blades came in. They were 1/2” 3TPI Hook Premium Gold Carbide Blades from SuperCut. Wow! What a difference the blade made. The saw went right through the wood (5/4 quarter-sawn poplar and white oak, ca. 5-6 inches wide.) at a much faster speed than my old, and clearly spent, blade.

I have two other types of blades on order, so I may, later, publish a note on how they did.

Thanks for all the advice and tips!


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