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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 02-13-2016 06:09 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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02-13-2016 06:09 PM

I’ve got my Rikon 10-345 set up as a dedicated resaw bandsaw. I’ve had the Laguna Resaw king on another bandsaw for many years and was very happy with it. Now I’m thinking about upgrading the blade on my Rikon to a Resaw King. I’m conflicted on which width to get. I know that too wide can be a performance problem. The Rikon spec says the saw can handle a width up to 1 1/4” I’m reading and hearing that will probably be too wide for my saw in reality. The backing thickness on the Resaw King is .024” (.6MM) and the kerf is .04” (1MM) which I understand is thinner than most. My instincts tell me to go with a 3/4” width, but I’m tempted to go up to an inch. My question: have any of you have experience with a 1” Resaw king blade on the 10-345? Do you recommend it? Would the 3/4” be a better choice? Any advice/recommendations will be appreciated.

-- Ken


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#1 posted 02-13-2016 07:38 PM

I think your instincts are right. I’d do the 3/4.

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#2 posted 02-13-2016 09:45 PM

Measure the width of your wheel if you want to know for sure. The gullets should be just beyond the crown of the upper tire to avoid any wandering. Your wheel may technically have space for a 1 1/4” blade, but the teeth won’t be supported by the crown, so it’s not going to cut as well as a less wide blade.

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 10:07 PM

Different view here, the carbide tips on my one inch resaw king fit nicely just in from of the tire and the entire blade is evenly supported on the tire, I would go as wide as the tire. The next thing is how tight you can tension the Rikon but I get plenty of tension on my Laguna 14 inch for a one inch Resaw King.

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 02:35 AM

I’m starting to think a perfectly tuned, aligned and equipped band saw requires a bit of art and touch of magic

-- Ken

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 02:47 AM

From an engineering stand point, its not art, not magic, but a bit of luck and science, and it works perfectly once everything is squared-up. I run blades from 3/16th to 1 inch centered on the tire and get no drift at all, never adjusting the fence but once, and it suits any blade I throw to her.

-- PJ

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 01:12 PM

I have that saw I can tell you a 1 1/4” wide blade is over the top for typical resawing.

I am currently using a 1/2” blade to resaw with and perfectly happy with it.

I think there is an art to it but shouldn’t be any luck if you’ve got it set up right.

Once I get the blade set I don’t touch it. I have a couple fences of diff heights. I line up with fence (adj to drift) and clamp to top. I get very good results with that set up. Blade tension and feed rate are the key IME.

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#7 posted 02-15-2016 04:25 PM

Thank you all. Since that resale king blade is so expensive, I’m going to stick with my 1/2” wood slicer till I get the performance of my saw sorted out

-- Ken

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