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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 11-26-2012 05:09 PM 6251 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2012 05:09 PM

Ok, for all of you experts on resawing with a bandsaw, I have a quick question. I have a Powermatic 14” bandsaw. I have never had a real need for resawing before and therefore have never done this. I now have a project that I could do some resawing so I thought I would give it a try. I tried to resaw some 5” wide hard maple stock (4/4) in half, and the saw struggles to cut it. The blade doesnt seem to drift much or slow down so that doesnt seem to be a problem. It’s just the sawing part of it. It doesnt seem to cut well. I have to force the wood into it much harder than I would think I would. My blade is currently a 3/8 blade with 6 TPI.

I got thinking maybe I need a different blade…wider and less teeth per inch. My current blade seems sharp so I dont think its a dull blade unless it has to be super sharp to resaw. It seems to cut ok otherwise.

What is the correct blade to use for resawing?

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 05:14 PM

Try a half inch blade with 4 tpi, either hook or skip should give you better results. That’s what I used on my 18” in my old shop.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 05:21 PM

I’ve always used the wood slicer by Highland woodworking

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 05:22 PM

1/2” X 3 TPI will give you a clean straight cut, remember to not be in a hurry (not pushing hard) and let the blade do it’s job. Viking makes a good one. Good luck, resawing gives a lot more freedom of choice with less waste. Wally

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 05:25 PM

Yup, I second that 3 or 4 TPI will yeild better results. I use a 3/4” 4-TPI on y 14” and it cuts so much better.

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 05:44 PM

If you are having to push then that really only means two things. 1) Your blade is dull 2) You are trying to cut too fast and not letting the chips clear the cut.

Remember the bigger (and denser) the stock the slower the feed rate needs to be.

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 05:51 PM

3 TPI hook & skip I prefer timberwolf but to each his own ! slow & steady & enjoy !

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 05:58 PM

+1 on feeding too fast & dull blade.

Rule of thumb for resawing is wider blade and less teeth per inch. My personal experience with 14” band saws shows not all with take a 3/4” or wider blade even though manufacturer specs says they will. Common blade width for 14” BS resawing or cutting big stock is ¼”, 3/8” and 1/2” with 3 or 4 hook or skip tooth. Some blade companies offer highbred combination blasé sets which work as well.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 06:00 PM

Agree with Rj—

Also, and no disrespect to Joe or anyone else, I would not go above a 1/2” wide blade on a 14” BS. Have a 3/4” Lenox carbide tooth blade that I loved, but it ended up taking both tires off my 14” Delta BS which has a 1-1/2 hp Baldor motor and was purchased in the mid 1980s.

Also, I’ve had good luck with timberwolf blades.

Best wishes.

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 07:41 PM

“For resaw, mostly carbon blades are used but different blade manufacturers have different resaw blades; simonds has the red streak blade, lenox has theirs too – I’m not sure what the name is but what I use is hard back carbon blades Haltbar 201 Series .
The blade dimensions would depend on the saw that you are using. Different band saw models take different sizes of blades. For wood working, they are mostly using vertical bandsaws which can take different widths ranging from 1/8 of an inch up to 3/4 inch or 1 inch. And as far as I know, we use 3/4 inch blade for resaw. But it really depends on what works best .. 3/4 inch blades may work for some but will not work for others.”

- This is from my post in this link
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#10 posted 11-26-2012 08:31 PM

Thanks for all the good info folks. I am going to look for a new blade. Guess I will do a 1/2” and be safe that it will fit the saw OK. The manual lists 3/4 inch as a possibility too, but it also lists 93 1/2 length and 105” length for my saw so not sure what I would have to do to use a 105” blade other than add a riser block, but I have only seen them in the 6” range. I would think the blade would then be around 100 inches. I had read once that a riser block can make the saw unstable…not sure if this is true. Kind of wondering if it would be a good addition to do it now so I can buy the right blade length as long as I have to buy a new blade anyway. Thoughts ??

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 08:34 PM

I have used bllades from this outfit:
they have great support on the phone and will talk thru what is best for you.

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#12 posted 11-26-2012 08:35 PM

6” riser block makes the new blade length +12” from the original (+6” on upside and +6” on downside), so the 105” makes sense if you have a riser block.

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#13 posted 11-26-2012 08:43 PM

Sounds good…I never was very good in math…LOL. Thanks

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 11-26-2012 11:18 PM

Riser block kit one of the most popular upgrades can buy. Honestly not a fan of riser blocks kits. Either they work right out of the box or they do not. Unless upping band saw motor horsepower what is the point anyway?
Having the right blades, proper set, TPI, widths for cutting task and controlling feed rate more important. 105” blades cost more than 93 ½” blades.

If going to do a lot of re-sawing might be wiser and cheaper to buy a bigger band saw to handle the task. Then can use either bi-metal or carbide tipped blades. While those blades more expensive they tend to last longer and cut cleaner longer.

-- Bill

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#15 posted 11-26-2012 11:35 PM

I don’t know how well the tension spring is set up on the 14” Powermatic, however my Rikon 14” came with a STOCK 5/8” x 6TPI blade. I switched to a 3/4” x 3TPI Timberwolf and have gotten it to work very well. FWIW, a 3/4” blade on my Rikon pretty much max’s this BS out.

Has anyone used a 3/4” blade with the 14” Powermatic?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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