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Forum topic by greghennings posted 04-17-2013 09:42 AM 840 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2013 09:42 AM

hello folks

its time to upgrade my porter cable 14” band saw, it just can’t do what i want it to now-a-days. I want to upgrade to a Luguna Resaw King blade but it is 3/4” wide. my saw guides are only good to 1/2”. So checking with woodcraft they have many different roller guide upgrade kits, but nothing specific to porter cable. Has anyone attempted using one of the many Delta or Jet upgrades?

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 03:09 PM

you might want to check with iturra design. lou can suggest accomplishing what you’re trying to do and provide the necessary parts if it’s feasible. he’e a great resource for all things band saw related:

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 01:49 AM

greg- I’m not sure your saw can tension a 3/4” blade adequately. Hal Taylor swears by resawing with a 3/8” Diamond Sterling blade. Hard to believe but he rarely dispenses bad advice. And they are very inexpensive! Check out his home page.

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 02:33 PM

I can definitely try a different blade. I’ve been buying cheap Olsen 3 tpi blades and they just don’t last long. What i’m trying to do is I obtained some vintage white oak planks, 2×12, i’ve ripped them down to 2×6’s. And now i’m using my bandsaw to slice away a chunk of the plank before running it through my planner to get it down to 3/4”. The problem is the wood is so terribly hard, i need something that is sharper and stays sharp.

These boards came off and old wagon my grandpa built a long long time ago. i’ve got several done but several more to go. Its really nice looking wood, a lot of curly grain, the right stain should make this stuff really pop.

Also i have took down a couple apple trees that i’ve been taking small logs and resawing into planks, not done with that project either.

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