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Redoak49

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04-21-2020 11:48 AM

I need to order a new blade for resaw on my 16” Jet Bandsaw. I have been usually 1 /2” Woodslicer. But, I wondered if I should order the 3 /4” version.

how much difference does it make with resaw to go to the wider blade?


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 04-21-2020 01:44 PM

I use the 1/2” Woodslicer on my 14” saw with riser block too. I have considered the 3/4” but haven’t tried it yet. I think the widest blade your saw can adequately tension is your best bet for resawing and I would imagine your 16” saw could do a 3/4” blade no problem. The wider the blade, the less freedom it has to twist in the cut. For straight lines, I would go with as wide a blade as my saw can handle. Just my $.02 :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 04-21-2020 01:47 PM

It all depends on what the width of the wheel will handle. I got a 3/4” for my Rikon 14” it’s great but when I get a new blade I am going back to 1/2” because the 3/4” doesn’t leave much room on the wheel for adjustment.

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 04-21-2020 01:57 PM

I was thinking of that too. On my baby Delta, I only got good results setting the blade back as in Snodgrass. I will see when my Harvey gets here. Due Friday or soon after, if the wheel is wide enough and guides have the depth to run a 3/4 further back.

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#4 posted 04-21-2020 02:17 PM

Have used a 1” on my 17” General but the 1/2” has been the the width of choice for the last 2 years!
When and if I had to do some major resawing the 1”would go back on but for little projects(less than 10/20 ft.) the 1/2” works just fine.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 04-21-2020 02:52 PM

My saw will tension and run a 3/4” blade with no problems.

My question is in performance. Will a wider blade cut straighter up and down?

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 04-21-2020 03:09 PM


My saw will tension and run a 3/4” blade with no problems.

My question is in performance. Will a wider blade cut straighter up and down?

- Redoak49

Again, I have no hands-on experience but in theory, yes. Wider blade means more cross-sectional area which means more tensile force to reach the same tensile pressure. So if you’re pulling it harder to tension it, then it should be more taught and have less of a tendency to flex in the cut. Again… in theory :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 04-21-2020 04:47 PM

Either blade will do the job and I doubt you will seem much difference, especially if they have the same tooth count. Part of the end results has to do with how much pressure you are putting on the blade when feeding the wood into it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-21-2020 07:24 PM

It’s all about the beam strength, how much the blade will deflect backwards when the upper/lower thrust guides are in contact with the rear of the blade. For my MM16, occasionally I’ll use a 1-1/4” blade when resawing tough logs, but in general I’ll stay with a 3/4” or 1” just because they are easier to deal with (lower tension and all).

Generally you want the widest blade your saw can tension, but if you ever want to cut a shallow curve an not waste time swapping out blades, you should go a bit narrower.

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