Can I put a standard blade on a "re-saw" bandsaw

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Forum topic by dan_fash posted 03-15-2013 10:49 PM 1086 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2013 10:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blade question

Hey jocks, I need a little help. I’ve never owned a bandsaw larger than little harbor freight table top version. My uncle is moving out of the country, and has offered to make me a great deal on his hitachi re-saw bandsaw. He currently has a 2 1/2 inch resaw blade on it. What I’m needing to know is if I can put a standard 1/4 or 3/8 blade (like a Lenox) on a resaw and use it as my sole bandsaw???

Thanks in advance for your help


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#1 posted 03-15-2013 10:56 PM

Sorry, I don’t know!!!
You could try to find the manual online. It would provide the “minimum” sized blade for THAT saw.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 11:01 PM

How many hundred horsepower does that saw have anyway?

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 11:06 PM

2 1/2 blade????
What a monster. We might be able to help more if we knew the throat depth (size) of the BS, horsepower of the motor, etc.
Yes. You can use smaller blades for their dedicated functions. Just don’t buy cheap (crappy) blades, set/tune the saw as best as possible (ABAP)-did I just coin a new acronym?


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#4 posted 03-15-2013 11:13 PM

2-1/2” blade on a Hitachi ???

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 11:41 PM

I think he’s talking about the “CB75F 14-1/2 Band Saw” which will actually take a 3” blade from what I’ve read online. Here are the specs.: 2.8HP, 120VAC, 15A, 1PH motor – 900 RPM. 11-3/16 max. Cutting height. Oh, and it looks like 1/4” blade is the minimum.

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 11:48 PM

Good Grief!!!!!!! Whadda monster!

Here’s one next to it’s big brother!

I want either one!

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 11:53 PM

Quanter50 ...thanks for the clarification Dallas ...thats a serious saw !

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#8 posted 03-16-2013 12:41 AM


You need to get the special guides for running narrower
blades on the Hitachi.

I have a Hitachi resaw. The standard phenolic guides are for
3” wide blades.

The Hitachi is a great saw. Upgrading the guides is
spendy however and I would not do it, personally. Buy
another, smaller saw for narrow blades.

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