This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stuart Friedberg)
Date: 16 Oct 91 00:17:19 GMT
In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Howard Cohen) writes:
>Don't worry so much about which saw you buy. I'd say, many bandsaws can do
>what you want, as long as they aren't a $250 cheapo deluxe. Think a lot
>about your blade though.
Very interesting. I would give the opposite advice. You need a good
saw to resaw at the requested 14" thickness, and ordinary 1/2" 3-4 tpi
blades in the $12-$15 range should work just fine. Certainly they work
well enough for 8" thick resawing on my machine. When I say "ordinary",
don't buy hardback and don't buy spring steel (silver in color).
In fact, I strongly recommend AGAINST bimetal blades for woodworking,
as either a waste of money or a hazard to your machine, depending on
how you tension them. The carbide impregnated blade might be OK, but
my blades break (I have a large three wheeler) *long* before they get
very dull. Certainly the carbide doesn't cut any cleaner, narrower, or
straighter than an ordinary blade. I would not buy one unless I wore
out a great many $12 blades without breaking them.
Note: you can get good quality blades made to order by mail order
for less than catalog or retail store prices for pre-made blades.
Last time I bought blades, I bought a half dozen of various types
and sizes from Olson, by mail.