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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 04-28-2014 09:33 PM 1245 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2014 09:33 PM

I have a 20” Grizzly bandsaw with a 3hp motor and all I ever find myself using it for is resawing, does anyone actually use a larger saw for cutting curves or are they relegated for straight line duty in other’s shops as well? I’m considering converting this completely into a sawmill with a carriage that wouldn’t permit anything but ripping logs and cants into boards. I do have another smaller bandsaw that has worked fine for all of my curved cutting needs. So is a large bandsaw needed for curve work?

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 09:36 PM

I use my 18” bandsaw more for curves than for resawing. I keep a 3/8” blade in it most of the time.

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 01:49 AM

I’m with you. My big Grizzly is almost exclusively used for resawing since I rehabbed the 14” Ridgid.

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 01:52 AM

I have a GO555 that I bought primarly for re-sawing but this past week I put a 1/4” blade on it and have been making cuts for toys with it. Takes about ten minutes to switch back to my 5/8” carbide re-saw blade.

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 02:03 AM

I’m so freaking jealous. I do a lot of resawing, on a 14” with a riser. Would love to have a 3hp .
Dedicated makes sense if you have a smaller band saw.

Me I would not put it on a carriage, I would use it for finer resawing. But that’s me.

Logs I would do on a different band saw since you don’t want a full framed saw. Too much weight and frame.

Also for logs, I would want 5hp min. And cooling fluid . Again just me.

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 02:14 AM

At the lumberyard I go to get wood, they have an old bandsaw that uses a 4 inch blade….I want it!!!!

I might not have any use for it, but it sure is nice… :-))

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 02:14 AM

..sorry repeated post

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 03:29 AM

Sometimes a large throat helps make furniture
templating easier. Notching panels is another use
that comes up.

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#8 posted 04-29-2014 01:00 PM

The temple issue is the only thing I could really think of. Most of the time when I’m dealing with something big enough to use the saw’s capacity, I usually find it’s easier to just use a jigsaw and not have to manipulate the entire workpiece.

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#9 posted 04-29-2014 08:48 PM

I ask myself if I can cut curves on 20” saw and I think I can but I also think that I should not. You’ll have hard time cutting curves on bigger band saws. So , it’s better to have two band saws on your shop.

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#10 posted 04-29-2014 09:05 PM

”’s better to have two band saws on your shop…”
Fishinbo +10

I am leaning in that direction. Of the ~4yr I have had my 14” Rikon BS, I have put a small 1/4” blade on it ONCE for a BS box project. ALL of the rest of the time I have kept a 3/4” Resaw blade on it. I have to admit that my BS has become a single purpose machine.

I keep toying with the idea of picking up that 10” Rikon BS for curves and BS boxes. For really small stuff I already have my +21yr old 16” scroll saw.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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