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Forum topic by Mainiac Matt posted 02-19-2014 06:29 PM 2059 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mainiac Matt

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02-19-2014 06:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resaw bandsaw large

I’ve mentioned the resaw bandsaw we use at work a couple times and some folks have expressed interest in seeing what it looks like.

This is a 1960’s vintage UK made resaw… the blades are 8” wide and the all steel wheels are ~5’ in diameter. The lower wheel is in a saw pit below the deck.

The electrical hook up (motor starter, dedicated 480 v 3ph panel and wiring) to power up the 100 HP motor in this ancient beast cost almost $10K.

There’s one guy in the north east who’s set up to sharpen and set these blades, as apparently, no one uses wide blades any more.

We can re-saw 6×6x20’ oak timbers all day on this beast, and we have to run the feed rollers at their slowest speed, or else the guy manning the discharge side can’t keep up.

feed side

discharge side

motor

mounted blade… 8” wide

spare blade

saw pit

Hydraulic scissors table for lifts of lumber to be resawn

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!


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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 06:32 PM

OBTW…. it’s LOUD!!!

And whatever you do, don’t get your pinkies caught in the hydraulic in-feed rollers….. The clean up would be gory.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 06:34 PM

That’s not a band saw. That’s a band saw on steroids … lots of steroids. That thing is huge!!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 06:35 PM

Beautiful! That puppy must kick out some serious dust!

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 06:37 PM

We have a dedicated 20 HP blower piped to the saw and the saw pit with 10” duct. It discharges into a modified tractor trailer.

The trailer is unloaded with a skid steer.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 06:37 PM

What is the kerf of the blade?

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 06:41 PM

I’m not 100% sure, as I’m not in the operations end of things… but I suspect it’s around 90-100 thousandths.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 06:42 PM

Pretty cool, thank for sharing

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 06:43 PM

I think I found my ultimate dream saw.
I’m on the way Matt.
You gonna help me load it on a trailer?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 06:45 PM

You’re gonna need a BIG trailer William…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 06:52 PM

I’ll have to time it some time…

but I’m pretty sure that it will re-saw a board off of a 6×6x20’ oak cant in 5 to 7 seconds…. and that’s at the lowest feed speed.

It’s so stinkin’ fast that we actually only run the saw for about 2 hours a day to keep up with orders.

We can buy our hardwood pallet stock already sawn to thickness at random length and width for less per BF than 4×4 or 6×6 cants, so we buy most of our lumber that way…. but there’s always a need for odd ball thicknesses and we saw those in house.

On the other end of the saw shed is a multi blade, overhead spindle, tractor conveyor fed gang rip saw.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 06:53 PM

That is an incredible machine! Thanks for sharing. Would love to see a video of it sometime

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 06:56 PM

How do you get the blade rolled up & into it’s original box??? ;^)

”....That’s a band saw on steroids … lots of steroids….”

I would hate to be there when “Roid Rage” manifests itself!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 07:00 PM

trivia question: how long is that blade. It would take MEN to carry it is would think. The wheel is 15 ft around so it has to be longer than that with 2 wheels ( 7.5 ft over half of each wheel). Around here we would refer to that as oil field quality.

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 07:05 PM

Arrgh, run for your lives! The monster saw is on the loose!

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 02-19-2014 07:07 PM

Handling the blades is definitely a too man job.

Mounting a blade is a three man job.

To my knowledge we’ve been running the same three blades since we set up the saw some 11 years ago.

One on the saw, one on standby, and one out for sharpening.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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