Bandsaw for cutting small logs

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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 05-27-2010 08:14 PM 2860 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2010 08:14 PM

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I have a chance to buy a Delta bench-top BS. Will it do OK for cutting small logs into small boards or turning squares? How about pecan boards; some up to 4 ft long? Save a lot of time on the planer! Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 05-27-2010 09:24 PM

In theory, any bandsaw could cut small logs or make turning blanks. You will only be limited by the size capacity of your bandsaw.

If you are cutting logs into boards, it is best to use a sled. Get the widest blade you can get and a blade with a low teeth per inch (tpi). Be prepared to move REAL slow.

I assume when you are talking about the pecan boards you are talking about resawing. In theory that can also be done on any bandsaw but be prepared to move really, really slow.

I have a 2 hp 18” band saw. When I resaw a hardwood board that is approximately 9 inches wide, I push the wood through at about 6 inches per minute. Of course, you won’t be doing a 9” wide board but you still will be moving much slower than I do.

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#2 posted 05-27-2010 09:36 PM

Many people use bench top band saws but if you are sawing logs on a regular basis I think a more substantial band saw might be in order. Richie’s information tells pretty much the rest of the story.

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 11:44 PM

I’ve tried doing that, the hardest part is the first cut; getting it right and without the “log” rolling at all is difficult. A sled is necessary, and you need to keep an eye on the blades wander. But it works!

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 12:18 AM

Blade selection plays a big role in the ability to saw logs and timbers. I have been told to cut with any success, you should have no more than 3 or 4 teeth in the wood at any time. And the blade needs to be 3/4” wide, or there abouts. I run a 7/8” tooth spacing on my 16” Laguna [3 hp] and find it to cut great up to about 6”. After that, the production rate slow significantly. Your smaller band saws normally cannot be fitted with that size blade.

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 09:08 AM

A bandsaw is not the ideal choice for milling logs. Even worse, a bench top model most likely not have enough hp. Like Normad62 said, you will need a sled. It’s VERY dangerous. If the log even very slightly rolls the blade will bind in the wood and then bad things happen.

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 01:30 PM

Thats one reason I’m thinking about getting a better Bandsaw. I can get hardwood that people sell around winter for about $65.00 a truck load. I have also seen some good sleds that you can make for cutting logs down.What I have seen they work really well..


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#7 posted 05-28-2010 07:56 PM

Thanks for the replies and advice. I think I might save up and buy a decent floor model with more versatility as to blades, cutting capacity, etc. On to the reviews, then to the stores!
Eric, thanks for the heads-up. I think I have an idea where the log can be locked in place on the ends to prevent rolling.

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