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Forum topic by bretc posted 04-15-2009 03:43 PM 3857 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2009 03:43 PM

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Hello, I just joined your site and am excited about what I’ve found on the site so far.
I’m looking for a riser block for my 14” reliant band saw, but, have had no luck. I’m on the verge of buying another bandsaw that I know I can get a riser for. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
thanks, Bret

-- Bret Plymouth, ma


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#1 posted 04-15-2009 03:47 PM

Hey Bret, welcome aboard. You will really appreciate this site the more you get involved. Lots of good info and great folks. Don’t know about your riser problem but someone here may and will certainly tell you

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 04:05 PM

I bought a riser block for my delta at the Woodcraft store. While I do like it, I feel that the bandsaw is still under powered in order to perform a resaw well. Is this the reason that you are looking for one?

-- Sid, Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 06:00 PM

Thanks for all the welcoming responses. I feel like I’ve stumbled into the right place.

Sid, Yes I am looking to resaw. I need to resaw figured woods up to 8” thick. My saw has a 1 horsepower motor that I have wired for 220 volts. I’d be happy to hear your opinion on this.

-- Bret Plymouth, ma

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 08:17 PM

The Reliant bandsaws (I have a 16”) are not unlike the many Chiwanese saws that are sold under many different brand labels. Don’t just look for the Reliant brand to find a riser block, but any source that sells a saw that looks like your’s, as they were likely all made in the same factory.

I can resaw fairly well with my 16” Reliant saw, but it took a lot of very careful tune-up, and I quickly learned to only use a Timber Wolf or Wood Slicer re-saw blade and the low speed. Every other blade that I tried wandered excessively, no matter how tight I got them or what adjustments I made. Even with one of these re-saw blades, everything has to be perfect to get good results, and I’m wishing that I had bought a higher quality, and larger saw. Your smaller saw may not even do this well, especially when a riser block is added to it. The motor likely won’t be big enough either. Before doing a lot of work and spending significant money on your saw, try using a wood slicer re-saw blade without the riser block. If it works well for you, then go for the riser block and a longer blade. You can always sell the short blade to someone else who wants to get started re-sawing.

CharleyL

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#5 posted 04-18-2009 07:42 PM

bretc, if you can’t find anything that works, do you have a local machine shop ? for about $50 to $100 they could easily make you one.

I have a mid seventy’s Rockwell bandsaw, heavy, well made, cast iron….well worth keeping (Bought it and a mid 70’s Rockwell lath with several tools for $400) I wanted to put in a riser block so I could run 105 inch blades. Looked forever and could not find one, finally went to my local machine shop and for $65 they made me exactly what I wanted.

If your bandsaw is in good shape and worth keeping…this is WAY cheaper than buying a new one. (and if as CharleyL said, your machine is powerful enough to do what you want)

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 04-18-2009 10:37 PM

Don, I think I have the same Rockwell/Delta that you have. Woodcraft had the block, blade guard and bar for the height of your cut for around $120.00. I would bet that Bret’s bandsaw was a copy of ours and would probable work.

-- Sid, Indianapolis, IN

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#7 posted 04-18-2009 10:44 PM

Probably Sid, My biggest problem is location. I live in far south east Oklahoma. So most of my buying is over the net. We just got a Lowes a few years ago (Good for small stuff and some lower end tools) But I live two and a half hours from any quality wood working supply stores. So it was a machine shop riser for me, but it worked out great.

But I agree, a generic riser block for a Delta would probably work great for his saw.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 04-20-2009 03:56 PM

bretc, I have a complete riser kit for a 14” Reliant. If you haven’t already found something maybe we could work something out.

-- Tom, Montana

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