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Forum topic by oakdust posted 03-24-2008 06:58 PM 990 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2008 06:58 PM

Ok this might be a stupid question but here goes. I installed a 6” riser on my 12” bandsaw and before the riser it used an 80” blade. Now that the riser is on do I add 6” or 12” to the leangth of the blade. The riser only raised the saw 6” but is that 6” doubled? Do I need to add 6” to both sides?
Thanks Guys

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 07:28 PM

Should be a simple enough solution to this problem. Since you raised the saw frame 6” it stands to reason that the length of the blade should be lengthened by 6”. To check this take a piece of string and wrap it around the blade wheels then mark where the string meets. Then measure the length of the string.

-- Jim T, Jefferson, Ohio,

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 07:41 PM

The blade length will change by about 12”- one for each side of the ellipse. For instance I put a 6” riser on my 14” Powermatic and the blade length went from 93.5” to 105”. Check you manufacturers web site to see if they offer specifications as to the blade length. But if all else fails the string method will work.

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 08:42 PM

Scott’s right. 6” in the front and 6” in the back. 12” total.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 08:57 PM

Gary is on target – you take your rise times 2 to get the increase requirement for blade length.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 11:49 PM

Thanks guys that helped alot. Seems like the simplest tghings can be the hardest

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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