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#1 posted 04-06-2013 05:05 PM

The important thing when resawing is blade tension. A lightly tensioned blade will twist easily. The typical 14” BS can’t be tensioned enough for 1/2” blades unless you change the tension spring. Doing so, may distort the BS’s frame or cause blade breakage. A 3” blade will resaw nicely, but they need a lot of tension. Some people resaw successfully with 1/4” blades because it can be tensioned higher. The resaws that use 3” blades have a small throat (distance between the blade and the frame). That makes for a very rigid frame that can withstand a lot of tension. I remember seeing a new Ryobi resaw machine over 30 years ago that cost $500. I haven’t seen any since.


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