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Forum topic by superstretch posted 09-13-2011 04:28 PM 1169 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 04:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question

Last night, I picked up a Grizzly G1538 (16” industrial band saw, 1.5 hp) and let me tell you.. It is a definite step up from my 1/3 hp 10” Craftsman.

My question is—I plan on probably resawing 75% of the time (probably maple, walnut, and oak) and need a good blade. I’ve been looking at the Wood Slicer (thanks to Eric_S ’s suggestion) and am stuck between the 1/2” and the 3/4”. I understand that the 3/4” will need more tensioning but will cut straighter, but is it necessary?

I’ll be purchasing a blade by this evening.. Thanks in advance for any tips.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 04:49 PM

The Wood Slicer is a great blade. I use the 1/2” and have no problems cutting straight. I use a pointed “fence” so I can move the work to keep it on the line. Even great blades all have different drift tendencies in different woods. I don’t bother with a full fence any more. Too much hassle to accommodate for the drift each time.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 05:07 PM

I also use the 1/2” Woodslicer blades on my 14” Grizzly. I love them so far. They cut through wood like its butter.

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 05:38 AM

@landog – I think explains it well

I went for the 3/4.. should be here in a couple days

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 06:20 AM

Hey Dan,

For what it’s worth you probably made the best choice with the 3/4 if you are going to be re-sawing a lot. I use a 3/4 Lennox flex-back on my 17” bandsaw and it has worked well for re-sawing and heavy ripping. If you have hooked teeth on top of that you are golden.

Good luck,

-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 06:29 AM

I use the WOOD SLICER with Carter Guides on my Rikon and I tell you there is NO BETTER BLADE on the market for resaw I have tried both sizes and actually prefer the 1/2in but both are great, Just know you will only be able to resaw with this blade because they do not cut circles for heck.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#6 posted 09-16-2011 07:10 AM

Thanks for the heads up guys. I’ve heard nothing but the best about wood slicer. Actually, there’s one problem with it.. Its in Atlanta right now and not here :D

At this point in time, resawing and maybe some tenon cutting is all I’ll do with it.. I happened upon a giant melamine cabinet in my barn, so I plan on turning that into a tenoning jig. (maybe a few other things too)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 09-16-2011 05:43 PM

Let me add my vote for the Lenox 3/4 hook. Carbide if you’re nasty. I had to order mine custom length, so it wasn’t cheap. I’ve used most of the other ones mentioned here and I think the best bang is the Lenox. I resawed a 14” thick walnut log on mine with success. It was slow-going but the blade held up. I’ve dulled a Carter on a log a fraction that size. That’s just my experience, for what it’s worth.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 09-16-2011 05:50 PM

You might want to take a look at www.woodcraftbands. If you give them a call they sell a blade that is very similar to a wood slicer blade and if I remember right it is about half the price (This blade is new and I don’‘t think that it is on their website). I have order my blades from them and they are always very friendly and helpful.


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#9 posted 09-16-2011 07:43 PM

If I’m not happy (or burn through the blade any time soon), I’ll take a look at that Lenox. Norm recommended a carbide blade (that might chew through any metal bits better).. We’ll see how it goes

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 09-19-2011 05:42 PM

So apparently USPS dropped off the blade Saturday, but no one saw the box until my wife was out walking the dog yesterday. Why? Because the mail man threw it into the bushes behind the mailbox. No bag, no setting it on the porch, no placing it next to the door (even though its about 20 feet from the road). Very lucky it didn’t rain, although it did dew heavily. Grr…

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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