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Forum topic by GLT posted 09-04-2012 03:11 AM 1501 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2012 03:11 AM

I have been looking at small band saws (9 and 10 inch) and am confused about capacity. If it has a 9 inch throat, can I cut a 9 inch (or slightly smaller) log with it? And what is meant by resaw capacity?

-- Gary T, Valera, TX

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 03:17 AM

I’ll try. First, a 9-10 inch bandsaw likely won’t have the power to cut a 9” log. The throat depth refers to the distance between the blade and the vertical body of the saw. Third, resaw capacity is the distance from the top of the table to the underside of the upper guides. Hope this helps. if not, ask away!

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 03:20 AM

A 9” throat would be the measurement for cutting width or throat. On a 9” saw depending on the saw it would have a max height cutting capacity of say 3” to 4.5” that is what is referred to has max depth. Hope that helps.

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 03:33 AM

Resaw, as stated above is the cutting height.
The process of resawing is taking a board and turning it up on its edge and slicing it into thinner boards.

You might want to do this to make matching drawer fronts, for instance. Or, to make bookmatched panels for a door. Or to make your own veneer.

The small bandsaws are not usually good candidates for resaw duty because they are limited in height to less than 4 1/2 inches and they don’t handle blades wider than 1/2”. The wider the blade the more accurate the cut.

I have a Rikon 10” bandsaw, and I love it. It’s a great little saw. Highland Woodworking makes a Wood Slicer blade specifically for resawing on this saw, so it can be done. But, it still has the limitation of 4 1/2” height.

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 03:37 AM


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#5 posted 09-04-2012 03:54 AM

GLT—The 9” and 19” bandsaws I have seen have a resaw capacity between 3 and 4 1/2 inches. If you need to resaw 9 inch logs, you’ll need at the minimum a 14” bandsaw with a riser kit.


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#6 posted 09-04-2012 01:36 PM

A 14” Grizzly can do the job!

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