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Machine mods, oddities, and fix-ups #7: Hitachi resaw with 3" wide blade

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Blog entry by Loren posted 10-09-2012 04:14 AM 2879 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This saw looks pretty bad. Like everything, I got it used. It was originally sold by a dealer in Hawaii so I reckon the humidity did a number on the paint. Then it found its way to the mainland and was owned by at least 2 coastal cabinet makers before I bought it.

The 3” wide blade makes resawing a breeze and setups for cutting 1/8” pieces are a breeze. I used to dread resawing because the setup was so tricky. With the Hitachi, as long as the blade is sharp it’s going to cut straight.

The motor is weird, 110 volt universal (brush type) with a gearbox. The saw sounds really weird starting up. Power is not bad though. I haven’t used it on any woods that would properly be considered hard. Feed rates can be very quick compared to what I was used to with other resaw blades on general purpose band saws.

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shipwright

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 06:07 AM

I had a friend back in my cold molding days at my shipyard who owned one of these. He made a home made power feed for it and could resaw all the 1/4” mahogany for a 36’ boat in a day. He used stelite tipped blades. Best of all it was all perfect 1/4”.
Great saw.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 01:28 AM

Wow, looks like a work horse

-- Norman

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 01:39 AM

Nice score! That 3” wide blade should be the answer to the “wandering bandsaw blade” when resawing. I’m amazed that a 110 volt motor powers this (guess the gearing is the answer). Enjoy and post a vid of it in action!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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