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Forum topic by Joe posted 11-06-2013 11:02 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 11:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Greeting all, I have a couple questions for ya.

1. I sold my Rikon Deluxe and purchased a new MM16, hopefully I get it next week. Anyway, what do you think is best, just wiring a short pigtail and making extension cord or wiring probably 20’ of 10g or 12g wire with a plug direct to the saw? I would rather do a pigtail so I don’t have all that cord hanging on the saw when I’m not using it. But not sure if that extra connection would cause more amp draw or any problems. An electrician I am not. I only have 1 220 outlet and my table saw and my jointer uses it. I wired both of them with a long power cord and hate having all that cord hanging off the machines.

2. I am going to get a 1” carbide blade for it but want to know if I should go with a re-saw king or Lenox or something else. Any of you that tried both Id like to hear your opinions.

3. Lastly from you MM owners are there anything I need to look out for or any tips or tricks with the MM?

Thanks and I will post some pictures when I get it up and running.

-- Senior Chief

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 12:12 AM

Wow…I’d never encountered that saw before. Looks like a beast! Sorry I don’t have advice, but congrats on the saw!

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 04:11 AM

I would only consider the laguna Rk Blade if you want a carbide tip blade.The sixteen inch wheels will work harden thicker bands so keep to the thinner ones I think the laguna a are .025.
Lennox blades are nice but something like .032 or .035 your going to have to crack up the tension and your saw will probably do but it’s going to hard on it.
I also doubt if you will notice the difference between 1 inch and 3/4 so get the least expensive one.Aj

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 05:22 AM

1. I put a 10’ cord on most of my machines. If you want to
use a pigtail, fine. It won’t affect performance or motor life.

2. Tipped blades are pretty spendy. I have come to feel
there is better bang for the buck soldering up my own. Laguna
sells a 1” wide 3-4tpi 100’ coil of resaw blade stock for $180,
probably about what you’d pay for one tipped blade.


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