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Forum topic by R.J. Maloney posted 12-11-2020 02:24 PM 1028 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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R.J. Maloney

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12-11-2020 02:24 PM

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For about $159.00 i got a nice carbide tips band saw blade. The reasoning was that, Thats the kind of blade almost necessary for RESAWING. Once I installed it, I thought, “this is so great ,I don’t want to remove it from my great 14 inch Delta-Rockwell Bandsaw.Though its 25 or more years old, its as good as it ever was. some time ago i put a 1 horse-power motor on it. Just great!!A month ago, i bought a Rikon 10 inch bandsaw fo the times i want to be able to do projects with many tight turns..It is a really good deal at around $300.00..Its amazing how much more convenience it is to not be changing blades all the time. I recommend the concept, if you have a fairly roomy work-shop…Other opinions welcome…..RJM

-- RJM in the WOODS


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mdhills

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#1 posted 12-11-2020 02:32 PM

How much use does each saw get?

(and I agree that it is much nicer to just walk up and do a quick cut without needing to replace blades and realign guides)

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Davevand

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#2 posted 12-11-2020 04:17 PM

yes, if you have the space and money. Make your life so much easier. I keep a resaw blade on one saw and a 1/8 or 3/16 inch on my other saw.

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Steve

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#3 posted 12-11-2020 04:26 PM

2BS club member here as well. It’s very nice

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#4 posted 12-11-2020 04:51 PM

When I upgraded my 14” delta to a 17” General a 10” rikon also became necessary:) Just need a bigger shop now?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 12-11-2020 04:54 PM

2 Delta 14” saws here – looking for a third.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 12-11-2020 05:00 PM

I am in the market for a smaller saw as I like leaving the resaw blade on.

Link to the blade you bought.

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#7 posted 12-11-2020 05:07 PM

If I had room, I would add a second saw as well. Because it is sort of a pain to change blades, I tend to make cuts with the wrong blade because I don’t want to switch back and forth.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 12-11-2020 05:14 PM

Amen!

16” Minimax with 1” carbide for resawing and 1964 14” PM140 with a 1/4” blade for general utility use. BIG timesaving as I’m always switching between the two saws during projects.

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#9 posted 12-11-2020 06:08 PM

2 bandsaws here as well. One 6” from Sears that I bought decades ago because I had no room in my previous shop (packed garage). When my mother died I inherited my dad’s old ‘60s 12” Craftsman band saw. It’s set up with a resaw blade, and I do the rest of the cutting on the little one. It really is a pain in the neck to change blades, imo. One thing interesting about the 12” band saw. I have replaced the bearings, but it has never gotten new tires.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 12-11-2020 06:25 PM

also a B-S club memeber, hitachi cb75f resaw with 3” blade and a mini max with a 3/16 blade.it’s a great club to be in.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 12-11-2020 06:42 PM

3 bandsaws, a Jet – 14” Model JWBS-14CS I use for fine cutting, setup with a carter stabilizer.

I turned my delta 14” Platinum Edition bandsaw into a belt sander. I put together a good home brew metal backing platen for it. It works very well. I buy ¾ inch sanding belts for it from woodworker’s supply.

I also have an 18 inch jet bandsaw I use for re-sawing, milling, cutting blanks for my lathe, etc..

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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R.J. Maloney

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#12 posted 12-11-2020 06:59 PM


yes, if you have the space and money. Make your life so much easier. I keep a resaw blade on one saw and a 1/8 or 3/16 inch on my other saw.

- Davevand


Amen!

16” Minimax with 1” carbide for resawing and 1964 14” PM140 with a 1/4” blade for general utility use. BIG timesaving as I m always switching between the two saws during projects.

- splintergroup


I am in the market for a smaller saw as I like leaving the resaw blade on.

Link to the blade you bought.

- BlueRidgeDog


I am in the market for a smaller saw as I like leaving the resaw blade on.

Link to the blade you bought.

- BlueRidgeDog


-- RJM in the WOODS

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R.J. Maloney

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#13 posted 12-11-2020 07:01 PM

I bought my big carbide tips blade from “Detroit Bandsaw co. In Detroit obviously..

-- RJM in the WOODS

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#14 posted 12-11-2020 07:32 PM

If you want 2 you might as well jump in with both feet, next you’ll want 3, then 4 haha
I love bandsaws, I currently have 5 (1 had to be completely rebuilt though) for wood plus 1 vertical for metal and 2 horizontals that also need rebuilt.

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#15 posted 12-11-2020 08:06 PM

I have my Powermatic with a Carter Stabilizer for scroll work and I bought my buddy’s very low mileage Rikon 10-324 to dedicate to re-saw work. If I didn’t already have the Carter Stabilizer on the PM, I might have gone the other way around.

The foregoing aside, I love having two because it seems like every twist and turn I make requires swapping between small and large blades, but with two saws, that is no longer an issue.

If you have the room, having two bandsaws is more than nice.

I should add, back in the day, I had the old Craftsman critters. They were worthless as re-saw tools for want of good blades and such. They were questionable scrolling devices. Again, because of blade quality, as much as anything.

I bought my first real bandsaw, a Powermatic and it was a game changer. The bandsaw went from horizontal storage surface and part time blade breaker to an almost daily used tool. They get more use than my cabinet saw, but which is also a game changer.

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