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Bandsaw to sawmill questions

Hello all! First post, first time here. I searched Google for info and it brought me this far, so I thought I'd see what sort of responses I get here...

I have a Cummins 14" bandsaw that I bought at a VFW tent sale maybe 5 yrs ago. I've got a fair amount of experience using a bandsaw, but this one didn't get to see a lot of use since the motor was junk when I bought it. I was talking to a coworker about my journey finding a suitable replacement motor for it, and also chatting about how I'd love to have some sort of portable saw mill like one of those chainsaw attachments I'd seen online. He suggested I use the bandsaw rather than a chainsaw, and I'm convinced this would be a good use of my saw...

So I would like to extend the bandsaw 24" to be able to cut some logs which are around 2 feet diameter that a friend has offered up as firewood. I've looked inline at extensions (which I now know are called risers), and I only see 6" risers. Assuming I were to get the right one to fit my bandsaw, I was wondering if it's possible to buy one at 24", or if I should assume I'm getting four 6" risers to accomplish this task?

Once I have a better idea what I'm doing with the saw itself, then I can focus on the guide rails and such.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-15-2009, 03:28 AM
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Here's a link that did what you are suggesting:
He extended his from 6" to 12", so you may not need 24" of extension if you remove the table? Your saw should be the type that allows for extensions otherwise some cutting and welding is in your future. You may want to make your own extension anyway.The additional stress put on the bearings of a wide 1 1/4" blade may not be advisable, so you might have to stick with a 3/4" blade, a common blade width for resawing. Unless you weld your own blades, make the extension a size that will allow the use of a "factory" size blade for convenience. However custom blade lengths are not all that expensive. Keep us "posted" bill

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That looks exactly like what I'm wanting to do, thanks for that. My bandsaw does have the place to stick an extension, currently being held together by a single bolt. I did note that he said he was likely going to replace bearings, so I'll take note of your recommendation on blade width. I was actually thinking about going with this particular blade I found via Google search:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/w...dsawblade.aspx

It's 3/8" (not 3/4" like I previously typoed) and the length can go to 161" according to the selection on their site, for only $24 per blade. Though, according to http://www.owwm.com/math/beltlength.aspx I only need 140" for 14's spaced my current 24" apart plus 24". I noticed that the blades come in 137" and 142", so I'll hafta do some homework to figure which one is what I'll want.

Perhaps I don't *need* a 24" extension for the job in front of me, but I would like to reuse this tool and bigger seems better in terms of forecasting what I could potentially be sawing in the future.

Last edited by CinciTech; 11-15-2009 at 10:23 AM. Reason: Corrected 3/4" to 3/8"
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