Band Saw riser block, is it worth the extra money?

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Forum topic by MLK posted 04-13-2008 07:47 AM 14852 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2008 07:47 AM

Today I ordered my 14” Jet Band Saw from Woodcraft great deal 10% off, $50 rebate from Jet, and some freebees. I didn’t order the riser block because I don’t know how use I wood have for it so I thought I would put the question to all of you. Is the riser block worth the extra money?

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 08:21 AM

If you want to resaw alot of cuts more than your current LIMIT,
YES… it’s worth every penny of it.

Typically, you go from about a 6” Limit to 12” Limit…

How many times have you wished you could make that wider cut?
How have you gotten by without it?

If you could do it in ONE cut, would it be worth it to you?

I liked mine… but haven’t used it as much as I thought I would… Not sorry about it.

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 10:28 AM

I got it, and I am not a bit sorry. It is nice to have the capacity to slice 8” stock. If you are never going to have to do that then it probably isn’t worth it.

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#3 posted 04-13-2008 01:01 PM

I tend to operate with the philosophy of “it is better to have it and not need it as opposed to needing it and not having it”. I put one on my saw that I got three months ago and, while, I have yet to do any resawing it is there if I need it.

You have a nice bandsaw. Adding this to it will add a little more versatility to the saw. But Rikkor is right. Its only purpose is to increase your sawing height from 6 to 12 inches and if you don’t ever plan on doing this you probably don’t need it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-13-2008 01:06 PM

IMHO it’s not worth it. My Ex-bandsaw was a 14” Jet with riser. It just doesn’t have the HP or frame stiffness for enough blade tension to resaw anything well over the 6” non-riser height. If you’re willing to work around less than straight vertical cuts on taller stuff and lose a fair amount of wood to planing afterwards, then maybe OK.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#5 posted 04-13-2008 02:10 PM

Thanks for the replays; since this is my first Ban Saw I’m not sure how much I would use it for resawing boards wider then 6”. What Scott says makes a lot of senses “it is better to have it and not need it as opposed to needing it and not having it”. Doug also brought up a good point about the saw having enough power to do the job. The standard Jet 14” Band Saw comes with a 1 HPM, For a few dollars more I ordered the deluxe model that comes with 1 ¼ HPM, will the extra ¼ HP makes a lot of difference when it comes to resawing a 12” wide board?

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#6 posted 04-13-2008 03:05 PM

Feed it slowly, the extra 1/4 HP will help.

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#7 posted 04-13-2008 04:54 PM

The first thing you will want to do is to get rid of the cheap blade that comes with your saw unless you plan
on getting the riser soon. Why buy blades when you will be changing them anyway.

I have risers in both my bandsaws and I don’t regret it a bit.
Use a nice sharp blade like the Woodslicer from Highland hardware and 1 1/4 HP will be all that you need to
cut basically anything.

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

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#8 posted 04-13-2008 05:36 PM

If I were you I would get it. I have to dissagree with Doug S, I have a JWBS-14CS 1hp saw and I re-saw up to 10” wide boards on it. I have re-sawn White Oak, Hard Maple and Mahogany. You need a sharp blade and it needs to be tuned up but long as you aren’t doing 200 foot runs it works great (at least for me)

I don’t know what I would do without it as I do re-sawing for most every project I do.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#9 posted 04-14-2008 03:05 AM

If you plan to do much frame and panel stuff, you’ll want the riser to resaw boards for the panels. I do a lot of resawing on my Rigid BS1400. I wish I had a bigger, more powerful saw, but I’ve gotten by so far. I’ve been resawing some pretty wide red oak and that stuff is really hard!

-- Hailey, ID

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#10 posted 04-14-2008 04:23 AM

Mike: Yup.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 04-14-2008 08:36 AM

It’s a must have in my opinion.

Re: saw power. My first band saw was an old Delta 14” with a riser and only a 1/2hp motor. With the right blade, it could resaw anything under 12”... The more power the better, but a relatively slow feed rate can do wonders too…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 11:13 AM

it is not just nice to have, it is required for me. I dont know why they don’t sell the saw already with one.

-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 01:59 PM

Mike, sorry I didn’t see this till today. I have a Jet 14” and installed the riser….worth every penny and more. It really expands what you can do, and if you do or plan to do resawing it’s a must. Buy it, you’ll not regret it.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 04-14-2008 11:41 PM

Yup! Worth every penny!

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#15 posted 04-15-2008 02:36 AM

Buy the riser kit. If you never install it, it will increase the value of the saw when you resell it, as well as few things are going down in price, and woodworking tools/accessories definitely are not among the few that are. If you want you may want to wait long enough to catch a 10% off sale if its not on sale now.
Well, if you continue woodworking you will ultimately find the need to resaw more than 6”. If you don’t use the bandsaw much, you may keep it a long time but will need the resaw eventially. If you do use it a lot you will eventually want a bigger or more convenient one. Either way you’ll need it or will get more for resale.

You don’t think you will resell it?

If you don’t continue woodworking, or go into an aspect where you never need the bandsaw, you will resell it for extra $$ for whatever your passion at that time is.

As far as installing it, I would play with the saw a bit first, get familiar with it and how to adjust and fine tune it. Also fully check out the saw to make sure a return/exchange is not necessary (it happens occasionally even with the best brands). After you have fully checked it out, know what “coplaner” and “drift” means, and have found how to properly tension the blade, know that the tires are good and tight, then consider installing it. With the added knowledge, you will be able to set the riser up right the first time, and you will also be able to spot any changes made due to the installation, which may eliminate a lot of time troubleshooting any problems that develop. Also by that time, you will have a better idea of what width/tooth count blades you will need most, so will spend less on the longer blades. The caveat to this is that if you are going to go with the better quality and more expensive blades, installing it earlier than later will reduce wasting money on the shorter blades.



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