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post #1 of 4 Old 04-17-2018, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bandsaw Resaw Blades

I am seeking recommendations on the best bandsaw blades for two separate tasks.

I have a Laguna 18BX with a 1" Resaw King blade for general resaw work. I am quite pleased with the blade but for some upcoming projects, it is likely that alternative blades would better, either due to the risk of damage or due to the type of wood being cut. (My other blades are Lenox Diemaster 2, 1/4" 6tpi & 1/2" 4tpi.)

The first task is resawing reclaimed 8/4 lumber from a one-room schoolhouse. While I will be checking the wood both visually and with a detector, as well as doing my best to avoid or remove all nails and metal, I am pretty sure that I will end up with some questionable wood. I have two trains of thought on this. One is to use a less-expensive blade and to consider it to be expendable if it should accidently contact metal. The second is the option of using a blade that is more forgiving of metal by way of being bi-metal and/or with a higher tooth count, and thereby possibly surviving the incident. Again, I will not be intentionally cutting metal, but for questionable wood, I would rather not risk the smooth-cutting $175 Resaw King.

The second task is milling / resawing hardood log sections. My intent is to eventually purchase a portable sawmill, but in the meantime I would like to begin tinkering around with smaller log sections (2' or so in length). The boards would be dried then utilized in a variety of craft or smaller projects. For this, I would prefer a blade that has a long life (durability and/or ability to resharpen) and a good cut quality at an affordable cost. I have a 103 acre tree farm and my intent is to utilize the occasional fallen tree instead of allowing it to simply waste away on the ground.

I have been actively researching the subject but any input on your personal experience is welcome. I would appreciate recommendations as to the specific manufacturer, blade, width, tpi, etc. Thanks.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-17-2018, 04:51 PM
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We have the Laguna 14SUV with 1" Resaw King blade and you're right - it is very smooth. But I wouldn't want to risk hitting metal so a semi-sacrificial blade would be my next choice. My local sawmill has a Wood-Mizer LT34 and I buy all my Walnut from him. That's a nice portable sawmill. He likes it so much he's talking about upgrading in size.

Looking forward to seeing what you get - post photos!

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I also have an 18" bandsaw for resawing

My Min Max 18" bandsaw is used only for resawing these days, since I have 2 other 14" bandsaws for general woodworking. The 18" saw uses Timberwolf blade at 143" for around $39.00 or so. I bought 6 the last time I need them to save on shipping. I'll never use them all at the rate I'm going. These:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/143-...aw-Blade/H8605

I even sharpened one as a self imposed challenge using a Dremel and it worked fine afterwards. It took about 20 minutes if I recall. I laid it flat on the bench and used magnifier eyeglasses. I would do it again, if that were my last blade.

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For the amount and type of timber I will be processing and to fit in the budget, I have been eyeing the EZ Boardwalk Jr, and to a lesser degree, a smaller Woodmizer or others. I am fortunate enough to live within 6 miles of the annual Paul Bunyan Show which showcases a large amount of forestry equipment including a sawmill shootout that features a variety of portable sawmills side-by-side and competing to mill multiple logs into boards. Watching the performance of each and having a chance to see & touch each machine in person, I found the EZ Boardwalk Jr to be quite impressive, particularly at it's price point. I was also sitting next to the person that had purchased the machine being used in the shootout (he was taking delivery of the saw after the show) as well as to speak with the manufacturer direct.

I have seen good comments on the Timberwolf blades, particularly in regard to blade life, and they are in the contention. I haven't looked into the shipping costs but the blade itself is $42.11 at timberwolfblades.com.

I am also looking at the Lenox Woodmaster GT blade which is $20.18 at bandsawbladesdirect.com (free shipping over $100) and they note that the blade can be sharpened multiple times. The price point is pretty attractive and I have been satisfied with my present Lenox blades.

Resharpening is in the plans and I am planning on using my Dremel to do so. EZ Boardwalk sells a sharpener for their Timberwolf blades, but I am trying to keep my sawmill purchase under $5,000 and the additional $450 for the sharpener might be more than I'm wanting to initially invest.

The jury is still out on a blade for resawing the schoolhouse lumber, though I may be leaning toward a less expensive blade that could be expendable if damaged.

Thank you for the feedback.

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