best blades for resawing

I have just ordered the minmax MM16 bandsaw and bought it for the specific reason of resawing wood for building guitars. I would appreciate some experiential advise on the best blades to use for resawing. I have looked at the articles out there and they mention timberwolf but others say stay with a thin kerf blade like the wood slicer. (woodslicer not available in the 145 inch length unless you know of source). Some articles say stay with a good quality of carbon blade or the lenox bimetal.
The type of wood I will be resawing is from spruce tops to cocobolo and murtelwood backs and sides.
thanks for the input.
madman
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I will only answer you if you make me a jumbo. That sounds like a Larrivee and looks like a piece of art <grin> Puff

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I have a MM16 and bought a timberwolf 1" 3TPI blade for resawing. I was not too impressed, blade acts dull when resawing 10-12" white oak.
Advice I got was to try a 2TPI blade or a blade from another company (highland hardware) or go carbide.
-Bruce

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Highland Hardware, makers of the Woodslicer, will indeed sell you a 145" blade.
I have the MM16 also, and use the Lennox carbide blade. MiniMax will sell you the 1", but I've been told it's too large for the MM16, and the band will eventually break. I got the 1/2" from Iturra Design. It's an expensive blade, but it's an expensive saw, and worth the best.
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I have a grizzly 18", and I had a 1" wide 3TPI on it, and resawing performance was horrid. I bought a woodslicer, and now resawing is the most fun thing I do. It seriously just slides right through it... I can feed three times faster, the sawn surface is smooth, it doesnt lead much. It was totally worth the money. Yours will cost a bit more because you'll have to order a custom length probably, but they can and will make you one.
Trust me... get it!
btw, are you making acoustics or electrics? I want to learn a little about making both... drop me an email if you don't mind - ufc at asmhacker dot org
thanks :)
On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 10:35:28 -0700, mad mountain wrote:

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I had them make a 123" 3tpi for my 16" Jet. $40 bucks - cuts like a sombitch very straight and clean cuts. Call them and they will recommend a blade type and set you will like.
http://bandsawblade.com
Dave

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The surface of the cut brings up an interesting question. I currently am using a 4TPI 3/4" Timberwolf for resawing. The surface is not smooth, but a few passes from a handplane makes a great surface. Wondering if some of you could post photos of your hard woods after going through the resaw process.
Later tonight I will be able to do the same on a piece of purpleheart.
Alan
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The surface is not finish smooth, it still needs a bit of handplaning, but my old 1" blade left a surface with a checkerboard pattern where the lands were a full 1/32" proud of the pits. After resurfacing, there wasnt much wood left :(
but yeah, woodslicing has become a joyous activity in my shop :)
On Fri, 13 Feb 2004 07:10:55 -0800, Alan W wrote:

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I agree with what has been posted here. I have used the 1" and found it mostly useless. Now it hangs on the wall and impresses visitors. The woodslicer is sold by Highland Hardware in 145". It does a good job. The Lenox blades do even better, but you're starting in a case of diminishing returns. You can buy roughly four woodslicers for 1 lenox. It is not 4 times better. Will it last four times longer? Time will tell.
BTW... you'll love the Mini Max. I've had one for 1.5 years. The only thing better than the saw is the company that sells it. Class act.

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With the MM16, FORGET the Lenox Carbide, they suffer from early failure on machines that small.
Timberwolf and WoodSlicer ARE available in custom lengths, so that is not a problem
Have not heard if the Lenox bi-metal has the same problems as the carbide
John On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 10:35:28 -0700, "mad mountain"

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madman,
I do quite a bit of resawing and have come to love Lennox carbide blades. Bothe their 3/4" and 1" blades that I have work really well. They are relativly expensive but seem to last forever, meaning I have had them for about 4 years and they cut like new. They also leave a nice smooth finish. I also have a 3/8" and 1/2" from them that I use with great satisfaction.
mark

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