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I broke down and bought a planer and jointer last week (both Porter Cable) and I was considering getting a band saw for resawing. I looked at a 9" band saw but the space the a piece of lumber could be cut was about 2 or 3 inches.

So how do they come up with the size of the band saws?

What size is a good size for resawing?

Thanks for the help.

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The bandsaw size refers to the throat capacity. That is the distance to the left of the blade viewed while standing at the saw. As for resawing capacity you'll have to check the manufacturers specs for that. They vary greatly. A typical 14" bandsaw will give you in the neighborhood of 6-7" resaw capacity.
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The bandsaw size refers to the throat capacity. That is the distance to the left of the blade viewed while standing at the saw. As for resawing capacity you'll have to check the manufacturers specs for that. They vary greatly. A typical 14" bandsaw will give you in the neighborhood of 6-7" resaw capacity.
That makes more sense as far as the measurement goes. Any recommendations on a good band saw with 6-8 inch resaw capacity?
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Grizzly sells a full line of bandsaws and the pricing can't be beat

Grizzly.comŽ -- Machine Specifications

A lot of folks swear by their tools. Just select one and click on the specifications tab for all the specs.

The resawing spec is listed under "maximum cutting height"
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Griz, delta, Laguna all make good 14" Bandsaws. Price ranges go from around 900 to 1500 and higher. the Sears craftsman 14" pro isn't a bad unit for the money actually. the Grizz seems to be very very popular and the price point is fair enough. If you plan on doing ALOT of re-sawing, save a few extra bucks up and get yourself a 16", if only for the additional capacity it officer. Nice thing about the bigger saws is that there are more choices in blades. The bigger the saw, the thicker the blade, the thicker the blade, the better the blade can track through the wood. Most (not all) 14" saws will have drift issues. the bigger you go, the less likely you are to have problems. take a look at the guides before you buy. Make sure you can upgrade to premium guides. I can't with my saw and kick myself in the butt everytime to go to resaw.
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Just to clarify Dave, a bandsaw size is dictated by the size of the wheels, not the size of the throat. The throat is usually an inch or so smaller.

I have only had my Laguna LT14 SUV (Souped Up Version, no kidding ) for about 6 weeks, and I am really impressed. The 3hp motor, combined with a good quality Resaw King blade, cuts through a 13" thick piece of yellow birch quite fast. LINK

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now that sounds like a sweet setup!!!!!! 3hp? that's a biggie for driving through wide hardwoods.

Hmmmmmmmmm says I.

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You can take a 14" saw (Delta, Jet, etc), put a riser and a 105" blade on it, and resaw up to 12" stock.

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I broke down and bought a planer and jointer last week (both Porter Cable) and I was considering getting a band saw for resawing. I looked at a 9" band saw but the space the a piece of lumber could be cut was about 2 or 3 inches.

So how do they come up with the size of the band saws?

What size is a good size for resawing?

Thanks for the help.

Dave
Hi Dave:

Ok, like Jim noted above, the size is stated as the size of the wheels, sort of. I have a 14" bandsaw with the BusyBee label on it. It is a copy of an older Delta bandsaw. The same frame, bearings, everything can hold a 15" wheel. This generic bandsaw comes in a wide variety of configurations and is generally referred to as "the import."

However, the size of the bandsaw wheel has nothing to do with the resaw capability. That is controlled by the distance between the upper blade guides and the table. Natively, mine has a 6" resaw capability. To increase this, the neck can be separated (there is one huge bolt in the neck) and another piece stuck in place, called a riser. I have seen these risers 4" and 6". My import has a 6" riser. This allows me to resaw "about" 11+ inches. All of the 14" & 15" bandsaws have the same rounded look. They're all manufactured by the same company in Taiwan.

Now, you're going to see other bandsaws that have a different angular "look." I think these are copies of the original Doall and may have two, three or four wheels. These may or may not have risers or have risers available. They can be slightly larger than the generic import up to absolutely huge with the appropriate price tags.

Almost everyone sells parts for "the import" and almost everyone sells "the import." Name a tool vendor and you'll find "elephant brand" bandsaws. What's even better is the bearings are common stock and available everywhere and the blades are also readily available. There are very few bandsaw specific parts (comparatively speaking) on "the import" compared to other saws. It is simple and versatile.

I have an absolutely huge, circa 1984, 3/4 HP motor on my saw, but I can easily swap it out for any of the other motors around the shop. My saw has two belts, three speed pullies and an idler driving pully and a standard bolt on motor mount. Everything pretty much generic. There are models without the idler pullies and some even without stepped pullies. It wouldn't take much for me to soup up my bandsaw.

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Is there a minimum HP rating I should get to resaw?
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