Does anyone make a reciprocating saw blade longer than 12"?

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Forum topic by TomB19 posted 09-08-2013 10:50 PM 4520 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2013 10:50 PM

I have a log that is larger than my resaw capacity. The log is 20” diameter and max resaw for me is 12”

It’s heavy too. It is currently sitting on my parent’s lawn.

If I could find a super long reciprocating saw blade, that might allow me to cut it up. It will take forever with my small chainsaw but I suppose I will have more control.

Any advice?

I’m no sawyer. I just want to try milling this tree into lumber so I can make something nice for my parents. It will mean something to them.

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 11:16 PM

You could try splitting the log with a maul and/or wedges. Or you can use a chainsaw to split it in half lengthwise.

Once the log is split, you should then be able to resaw it.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 11:20 PM

Don’t think so….I have 12” for my Dewalt….I haven’t seen any longer ones…It may be hard to cut straight with one any longer than 12”....You may be better off with your chain saw….good luck

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 11:34 PM

I have some specialty blades from Hitachi that are 16”, but they wouldn’t do any good.

You will kill yourself or your sawsall trying to split a log. It takes for-fricken’-ever! Even with a demol blade.
As Dave said, use a log and or wedges.
Bury the blade of your chainsaw as as far as you can, buy a couple of wedges or mauls to help split the log afterward.

Good Luck! This is the reason I built a chainsaw mill. I hate splitting flitches from a log!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 11:40 PM

Thanks! This is a big help.

I will start with the chainsaw and use the wedges. :)

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 01:27 AM

this is the best way I have found to split big logs The end is the best part.

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 02:10 AM

take the log to a mill?

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 02:29 AM

That’s awesome Shawn, though I’m not sure I’d want to use that wood. Here's a Curtis Buchanan video on splitting a log with wedges. May or may not need steel wedges if you start with a chainsaw and lots of wooden wedges.

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