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Forum topic by mangorockfish posted 08-06-2020 01:23 AM 330 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2020 01:23 AM

I bought a 14” Craftsman Professional band saw a few weeks ago with the intention of adding a riser block kit so I could resaw larger pieces. I could get some of the parts of the kit to work with some modifications, but not all the parts so I have given up on making it 12” resaw capable. After much thought/disappointment I am wondering just how important resaw capability is to the average woodworker. I have needed it only a couple of times myself and have resigned myself to the fact that I can get by with the six inch cutting height. What do you folks say? Is 12” cutting ability really necessary?

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#1 posted 08-06-2020 02:55 AM

No it’s not something that I need to do very often. And if I do resaw tall I will expect the wood to cup unless resawing for laminating. When I resaw for bent lamination I cut at 3/32.
The sweet spot for any bandsaws ability to cut nicely is right about half the wheel diameter. So a 14 inch saws sweet spot is right about 7 inches.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 08-06-2020 01:34 PM

Depends on what you build, I guess. If you don’t build or work with wood wider than 6”, you probably won’t need the added capacity.

I bought a Rikon 10-326 because I wanted the extra resaw capacity. I haven’t used the full height in the year I’ve owned the saw… I’ve come close, cutting up a couple of logs I have been drying. I’ve also used more than 6” doing some thin pieces for box bottoms.

But, I haven’t built any guitars this past year, which is why I wanted the capacity. I have built a couple in the past, and have some plans to build a few more. So, I’ll need that size when the guitars hit the top of the to-do list.

Like I said, though, if you aren’t doing that kinda stuff, you may not ever need the size.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#3 posted 08-06-2020 07:15 PM

My experience with a 14” bandsaw was that it was not particularly useful for re-sawing. For one thing it seemed under powered. I replaced it with an 17” Grizzly a few years ago and wished I had done it sooner. It slices through 12” wide wood like butter. The cutting speed and power is almost scary.

The thing with re-sawing is that if you don’t have a saw capable of doing it well you just don’‘t do it. Like many power tools you don’t know what you were missing until you get the right one.

-- Les B, Oregon

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