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Forum topic by davidwww posted 11-30-2021 03:46 AM 851 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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davidwww

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11-30-2021 03:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw craftsman resaw lumber board

My bandsaw is a “trashpicked” 12in Craftsman (this one) . Right now it has a 3/8in 4tpi blade that I grabbed with the intention of using it to resaw, but it doesn’t seem like it has the “oomph” to really do it.

In my resaw process I typically rip a piece of 6in or less vertically on both sides to remove the most material, then try to slice the remaining 1-2.5in on the band saw, but for whatever reason, this bandsaw struggles, slows, burns and stalls when trying to resaw just that much.

I will admit, I haven’t taken that much time to really get it set up, and it still has the old guides/bearings and stuff on it – actualy haven’t even replaced the tires. I think because I don’t intend on upgrading for a few years though, I’m willing to pour whatever money into it to try and make this saw a little more capable. I don’t really use it for much other than cutting some small parts and trying to resaw boards.


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#1 posted 11-30-2021 04:05 AM

I’m replying mainly to add other replies to my watchlist, but one thing to be aware of – at least with mine – is that the motor wants to be oiled once every few months.

Yours could have a different motor, but it’s worth checking.

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#2 posted 11-30-2021 06:19 AM

What is the horsepower of the motor? Anything less than 1 HP is going to struggle but the blade can make a difference too. Do you know what sort of tooth pattern it has? I have a much bigger saw but I get really great results with highland Woodworking Woodslicer blade. Not only does it yield a very nice cut but I can tell it taxes the saw less than other blades I’ve used for resawing.

-- 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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#3 posted 11-30-2021 10:07 AM

I “inherited” that BS from my father. Very light for re-savwing. I put a 1/8” blade on it and it excels at tight curved work.

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#4 posted 11-30-2021 12:09 PM

Same saw and I have been wondering the same thing. I found a 1/2 3tpi blade i was thinking about getting for it. I mainly work in softwood and hope it will resaw that ok. I spent some time tuning the saw and it works fine for basically everything I need but have not tried resawing with it yet. The 1/2 blade is around 35.00 shipped.

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#5 posted 11-30-2021 12:39 PM

I use to have the same saw. I never could get it to resaw well. I did the same as your process. I used the tablesaw to cut as much as I could then I used the bandsaw to rip what was left in the center. I was fairly satisfied with that process since I didn’t do it much so I didn’t do much to it. If you really want to improve it I think a new/sharp and wider blade (I think that saw will take a 3/4inch blade) will help for the re-sawing.

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#6 posted 11-30-2021 01:50 PM

I have to agree with “Lazyman”, The Woodslicer blades from Highland Woodworking are the only blades I use for resawing, I don’t think you will find a better blade unless you go with a carbide tipped blade. I’ve been using these blades for about 4 years and never had issues, they are extremely sharp. Just remember, to push the wood through slowly so the blade can clear the saw dust. If you have less then 1 HP you may have issues as it is underpowered

-- Rich

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#7 posted 11-30-2021 01:56 PM

I can tell you that guides, tires and adjustments, unless totally worn out will not make any difference in it being to resaw. Just talking ability, not quality.

You are looking at a lack of power and/or the wrong saw blade. A more aggressive blade might help but it is not going to do miracles either.

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#8 posted 11-30-2021 07:31 PM

I think mine has a 1/2 horsepower motor (and it’s the back half).

While I don’t do resawing – I’m a solid hardwood GUY – I haven’t managed to persuade this tool to cut curves very precisely either. Most of that is because I haven’t used it enough to get good at it, part of it is that it just doesn’t want to (at least not with the blade I have in it).

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#9 posted 12-01-2021 03:22 PM

Appreciating the responses so far.

It seems like it’s going to come down to increasing the HP (which I thiiiink this uses a 1/2HP motor like nickbatz said). In my mind it was like a 1/3 or 3/4 but I can’t check it at the moment.

In any case, between the motor, getting it tuned up for accuracy / no scraping, and a good blade it SEEMS like that’s all thats necessary to make it happen.

So, knowing that I can do this for around $100, but that it could be as much as $250 (motor + blade), now I have to ask myself – is it worth it monetarily? I won’t get another bandsaw of this size for under probably $500 new. I probably wouldn’t have paid $250 for this tool in its condition, but MAYBE if I’d purchased a bandsaw this size that is ALSO capable of resawing I might have been willing to part with $250. It’s a bit of a gamble in a way… hmmmm…..

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#10 posted 12-01-2021 09:52 PM

I seriously doubt you can upgrade a 12” Craftsman for resawing even at the 5” depth capacity. Some years ago (maybe 30) I tried to use mine to cut 2” oak planks. There was a significant problem of blade drift, but no problem of motor power in spite of a half horse rating. It continues to work find for the light use I give it.

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#11 posted 12-01-2021 11:14 PM



I seriously doubt you can upgrade a 12” Craftsman for resawing even at the 5” depth capacity. Some years ago (maybe 30) I tried to use mine to cut 2” oak planks. There was a significant problem of blade drift, but no problem of motor power in spite of a half horse rating. It continues to work find for the light use I give it.

- Phil32

You’d think that the thickness of what it can cut would just be a function of the motor’s power, no?

Now, whether it’s worth investing in a stronger motor for this saw is another question. I wouldn’t.

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#12 posted 12-02-2021 12:20 AM


You ‘d think that the thickness of what it can cut would just be a function of the motor s power, no? nickbatz


Yes, I meant only that my experience cutting 2” thick oak planks was not affected by motor power.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#13 posted 12-02-2021 03:08 AM

Mine…

And with a kerf in the board, and a new, SHARP 1/2” blade….it will indeed do resaw work….I had to made a jig to help guide the board through…..and learn not to force the cut…

1/2” is about the limit on the width of the blade. Main thing is a SHARP blade…mine runs just fine.

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#14 posted 12-02-2021 03:32 AM

It wood appear that I have a very similar saw from the ‘60s, that I inherited from my dad. I use an Olson 1/2” 3 TPI resaw blade (.025” thick) and it can deal with wood pretty well. My dad replaced the motor with a bigger one at some point.

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#15 posted 12-02-2021 05:50 PM

Exact same one I have, down to the cast iron table with no ridges.

It’s a 113.24201, I believe.

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=35787

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