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Forum topic by jdeefus posted 01-18-2015 11:06 PM 1405 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jdeefus

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01-18-2015 11:06 PM

I’m sure the question has been asked here many times before, but I’ve got a Rikon, 14” 10-325 Bandsaw. I’ve used it with the factory blade for some basic cutting, but I’d like to do a little bit of resawing. What blades are you all using. I’ve watched the videos, and read some reviews, but I just want to know what you guys recommend.

Thanks for your help in advance!!

-- Jdeefus, Canton, Ohio


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#1 posted 01-18-2015 11:41 PM

IMHO there is no BETTER blade than the Woodslicer from Highland. I get good mileage from them and they resaw like a hot knife through butter.

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 11:54 PM

+1 on the woodslicer. I have had great results using it.

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 11:56 PM

I will agree with jumbojack that the Woodslicer is a very good blade. If you want to go one step up and go for better performance and longevity check out the Lenox Tri-Master from Highland. I have your same bandsaw and put the Lenox 3/4 blade on as I primarily use it for re-sawing. By far the best blade I have ever used for woodworking.

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 12:12 AM

I have the same BS…. That’s Band Saw.
As recommended by my LJ buddy JL7, I’ve been using this blade….

http://www.buyfromawoodworker.com/3-8x032x3TPI-X-tra-Duty-Band-Saw-Blade-3-8x032x3TPI-X-tra-Duty.htm

It does a nice job resawing, but is also good for general sawing.
So there is less changing of the blade.

I have recently purchased a 3/4” blade for dedicated resawing, but haven’t tried it yet.
I’ll switch out to the 3/4” blade when I have a lot of resawing to do.

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#5 posted 01-19-2015 12:40 AM

I have used Woodslicer blades and they cut very well. I now use 1/2”carbide supercut blades for re-sawing. They last a lot longer and cost a little less.

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#6 posted 01-19-2015 12:46 AM

Every thing I ever read about 14’’ band saw and band saw blades says that a 3/4’’ wide blade is too wide for a 14’’ band saw. 3/4 blades put a lot of stress on a 14’’ band saw and are hard to tension correctly.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/bandsaw-resawing-tips.html

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/wood-slicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx

Is what I’ve been read wrong?

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#7 posted 01-19-2015 12:52 AM

Woodslicer seems overpriced. Spectrum Supply sells basically the same blade they call the Kerfmaster and Iturra sells the Blade runner that is identical. Both are eignificsntly cheaper. A 14” band saw should be able to tension any of these blades at 3/4” as they are very thin meat blade stock.

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#8 posted 01-19-2015 01:20 AM

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#9 posted 01-19-2015 03:29 AM



Every thing I ever read about 14 band saw and band saw blades says that a 3/4 wide blade is too wide for a 14 band saw. 3/4 blades put a lot of stress on a 14 band saw and are hard to tension correctly.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/bandsaw-resawing-tips.html

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/wood-slicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx

What you have read is correct. 3/4” blades at least on my new Rikon BS won’t tension very well at all, you need a new tension spring. That and tracking a 3/4” blade on a 14” BS means the back of the blade rides outside the upper wheel and adds a little wobble to the blade near the cutting area.

Paul
Is what I ve been read wrong?

- AlaskaGuy


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#10 posted 01-19-2015 01:46 PM

1/2” Woodslicer from Highland Woodworking. Not so pricey if you dedicate it to resawing only, no curves to screw up the set of the teeth. It will stay sharp and cut straight and plumb for a long time if you take care of it; cleaning the gum, pitch etc.; and I also use a bit of Dri Slide after cleaning. You still, however, need to make certain that your saw is set up properly for resawing.

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#11 posted 01-19-2015 01:52 PM

For resawing go with a 1/2” or 3/$” carbide blade. They cost more but last much longer can be resharpened several time and the finish cut is phenomenal. They are well worth the extra money.

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#12 posted 01-20-2015 12:13 AM



For resawing go with a 1/2” or 3/$” carbide blade. They cost more but last much longer can be resharpened several time and the finish cut is phenomenal. They are well worth the extra money.

- johnstoneb

Do you have a source for sharpening carbide band saw blades?

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#13 posted 01-20-2015 12:18 AM


has anyone had any experience with this monster?

http://www.rockler.com/laguna-tools-resaw-king-carbide-bandsaw-blade-3-4-inch-carbide-blade?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content=pla&utm_campaign=PL&sid=V9146&gclid=CjwKEAiA0O2lBRDOrPX4oJP3t2oSJACjpaHAB7Hm5PLLI-syKLVsiQg2blxqV4VViR_3zG8Xy3gzmBoC0LDw_wcB

- Garbanzolasvegas

I had a Re-saw king for my 24’’ band saw I got from Laguna tools. A 300 dollar blade (183’’ long). The weld broke long before it started to get dull. Kinked the blade and totally ruined it. Cut nice before that.

Side Note: I also have a 16inch Waker-Turner band saw. It re-saws much better with a 1/2 blade as opposed to a 3/4’ blade.

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Mike82352

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#14 posted 01-20-2015 01:20 AM

I also use the 1/2” woodslicer blade on my Rikon BS…..works great so far.

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#15 posted 01-20-2015 01:28 AM

Ok guys, thanks for all the input!! After spending some time on the web looking at the various blades recomended here, I decided to try the Kerfmast from Spectrum Supply. It’ll be here in a couple of days. I took into consideration the comments here, reviews on the websites, shipping costs and of course my wallet. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t need to do a ton of re-sawing, but I’m sure I’ll use it more than I think I will. my plan is to dedicate this just to resawing. If anyone cares, I’ll post an update after trying it out.

Thanks again!!

-- Jdeefus, Canton, Ohio

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