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I have a Ram Machinery (Taiwan import c1985) 14" band saw that I got off craigslist a few years ago. Needed some TLC when I got it but now it works great. It has a 1 hp motor and powers through any wood I've tried at it's full resaw height. Everything on this saw looks like it will inter-change with parts on other common 14" saws. Does anyone know if riser blocks are universal, or , are they specific to certain saws? I contacted Grizzly about this, but got a reply that they know nothing about saws other than there own. What confuses me is that they sell 2 different block kits. This saw takes a 92.5" blade, so I would guess a 6" block block would require a 104" blade rather than the more common 105". And I would have to shorten, or make my own right side blade guard. My other option is to just buy a new saw. But this one works so good I hate to ditch it.

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Although I have no actual experience installing a riser block on a bandsaw to increase its resaw capacity, it seems to me that doing so raises the question of whether the saw has the power to handle the added capacity. An extra 6" of material adds a lot of extra drag on the blade. Then, there's the question of whether the strength of the saw's frame is compromised by the added distance.

Personally, I'd lean toward buying a saw that was designed for the capacity required, or designed for the riser block sold by that company to extend its capacity.

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Hi Rusty

You may want to check out the link below,she just got a good used one with the kit installed,,,maybe drop her a PM and get some info from her about the one she has, it looks like the same as the Grizzly one and many others also check out her gallery..

http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...o-rex-cut.html


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I have a Ram Machinery (Taiwan import c1985) 14" band saw that I got off craigslist a few years ago. Needed some TLC when I got it but now it works great. It has a 1 hp motor and powers through any wood I've tried at it's full resaw height. Everything on this saw looks like it will inter-change with parts on other common 14" saws. Does anyone know if riser blocks are universal, or , are they specific to certain saws? I contacted Grizzly about this, but got a reply that they know nothing about saws other than there own. What confuses me is that they sell 2 different block kits. This saw takes a 92.5" blade, so I would guess a 6" block block would require a 104" blade rather than the more common 105". And I would have to shorten, or make my own right side blade guard. My other option is to just buy a new saw. But this one works so good I hate to ditch it.



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Hi Rusty,

If you're only adding a 6" riser block, you're only needing to worry about that 1/2" in blade length. The blade tensioner should make up that difference. Not to mention if you have or intend on placing new "tires" as well. It's also not that difficult to modify the tensioner.

92.5 + 12 = 104.5"

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Hi Rusty, I saw Bob's link to my post so I thought I would chime in. The riser block is great but it takes a little tweaking to get it set up. It is very important to get the wheels coplaner after you install the riser. When I got my used saw home the riser block had shifted and it took me a couple of days of fiddling to get everything back in line. I made my own extendible blade guard out of some light gauge steel. It wasn't that difficult. I can now run everything from 103-105" blade and I just bought a new 104" 5/8" 3TPI blade for resawing. Mine only has a 3/4 HP motor but I can change speeds to slow the blade and make nice resaw cuts in 10" high oak. Just spend the extra bit of time on the setup and you should have an excellent extended saw.
Here a link that I used to help me get the saw set up properly. His saw doesn't have the riser but the instructions worked for mine.
http://books.google.com/books?id=z0i...esult#PPA20,M2
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