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Bandsaw resaw speeds? 3 speed kit?

Iíve got 14Ē Jet bandsaw. Iíve seen some 3-speed upgrade kits available online. But I canít find anything documentation what speeds the upgraded kits will make. I'm thinking they for slowing it down to do metal cutting? Iíd like to have some speed options for doing resawing in harder woods. The other day I was trying to resaw some hard maple. It was about 6Ē thick and I was using a 1Ē 3TPI resaw blade. I was trying to go as slow as I could but the motor was really struggling.

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post #2 of 2 Old 12-30-2016, 01:02 PM
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A speed reduction "kit" for metal cutting would have to reduce the 3000 or so FPM down to 300 FPM at the most. That means a 10:1 ratio, usually not practical for a gear reduction and it would be expensive. A jack shaft and large and small pulleys works just as well. BTDT myself. That was long ago before I bought a dedicated metal cutting bandsaw. Aluminum cuts OK at wood cutting speeds depending on thickness.

I have a Milton dual speed bandsaw, but uses a drive disconnect with 2 different belts you have to swap out. I have yet to try the high speed arrangement because I have other wood cutting bandsaws.

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