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Forum topic by ClayandNancy posted 06-30-2010 04:24 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2010 04:24 PM

I ‘m thinking of getting into resawing. I have a 60 year old Delta 14 inch and I’m getting ready to refurb it. My question is how wide a blade can I use on it and will this saw even work for resawing? Been laidoff quite awhile so there’s not much money floating around.

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 04:57 PM

If your saw is powered by a ¾ HP or smaller motor than I would say the max width blade you should use would be ½”.

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 08:03 PM

I resaw with a 1/2” Wood Miser blade from Highland Woodworking. All I’ve ever needed.


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#3 posted 06-30-2010 09:08 PM

Use the widest blade your saw will handle and make certain to get the tension where it should be (20,000 pounds per square inch). I think on most 14” band saws the widest blade they can handle is 1/2”.

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 11:20 PM

I have an old Delta from the 1940’s. The widest blade I have used is 1/2”, but the manual says it can handle 3/4”. I’ve only resawn smaller pieces with it. I don’t have a riser on it.

This may not be your exact tool, but it might help. When I bought mine,about 4 years ago, it came with a copy of this.

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 03:03 AM

Same one. I have a 1/4” blade on it now and have only really used it for tenon and scroll work. I haven’t checked the hp on it. It was my fathers, he also left me a drill press of the same vintage and they both work great. Does it do a good job on resawing?

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 06:59 AM

It can be good, for small stuff. If everything is right, that saw is a good one.

I also have a newer vintage Jet 14”, with riser and bigger motor. Craigslist has been very good to me. I much prefer the old Delta. The Jet has a 3/4” blade, the Delta has a 1/4”.

I don’t resaw a lot,but when I do, I don’t use a fence. I cut the line very slowly. Works for me.

Read up on setting up your saw properly, it will be time well spent. A 1/2” blade should do fine, I’ve had good luck with Timberwolf, not so good with Olsen.

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