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Forum topic by s_grifter posted 09-28-2011 12:16 AM 1054 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2011 12:16 AM

I am looking at buying a bigger bandsaw but I cannot decide whether it is better to buy the 18” that has 12.25 resaw capacity or save a few hundred bucks and get the 16” that has a 10” resaw capacity. Am I really ever going to be resawing boards that are 12”? I know it would be nice to have the ability if I need it, but I rarely get stock that wide from the lumber suppiers. Please let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 12:28 AM

yes, get the bigger saw.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 12:52 AM

Nice shop grifter. Looks pretty tight in there, and very well stocked at the moment. Not sure you would be able to handle the cr1 level/size of logs without a major refurb but how about splitting the difference on your wishes for a bigger BS. I have the Rikon Deluxe 14in #10-325 and it has a native 13in resaw capacity. It uses 111in blades. Just a thought…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 05:54 AM

I personally wouldn’t spend an extra “few hundred” on a product that I didn’t honestly think I needed.
Besides, how often will you face a situation where 10” isn’t enough capacity, but 12.25” is?

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 06:14 AM

“how often will you face a situation where 10” isn’t enough capacity, but 12.25” is?”

Only takes once LOL

I say if you can afford it go for it! It never hurts to have more resaw capacity and that usually means mo power too.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 11:59 AM

We have 5 different BS’s here…..3 are for metal.Anyhoo…in cabmet shop,give me a nice 20-24(largest footprint I’m willing to go for) for resawing and a 40’s era Delta 14” is just so dang nice for contour work and general handiness…...So can’t ever see a time when we won’t be without,”Big N little” WRT wood cuttin BS’s.good luck,636

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