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Posted on Finally bought a bandsaw

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 09:12 PM

After doing more research I did reconsider the 3/4” blade. I found some similar information about 14” bandsaw wheels not being able to tension 3/4”+ blades well even if they have the capacity. I cancelled the timberwolf 3/4” and picked up an Olson Allpro 5/8” resaw blade on my lunch break at woodcraft today. I’m not sure how good it is, but for 15$ It’s worth a shot.

I knew I was losing height by not going with the Rikon deluxe. I don’t have a pickup truck or a wagon, so I am transportation-limited to what I can squeeze between the front seats. 8 1/2” is a pretty hard limit unless I am only getting one board (which never happens). Usually after jointing and cutting away defects on the edges, I have barely 8”.

I also question the ability of a smaller 115v motor to saw through 12” wide hardwood stock consistently for many years. Had I really needed the extra height, I would have went with something like the LT14SUV.

I’m sure there will be times I wished I had that extra few inches, but they will be few and far between. Also my lumber mill has a horizontal resaw and he only charges .15 per LF. It would take many board feet of resawing to equal the $550.00 price difference between my saw and the 10-325

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