Comments Grizzly 0513 17" Bandsaw for resawing


I'm looking at replacing my little 10" bandsaw with one that I can do resawing on. I purchased a 8" grizzly joiner and have enjoyed it's performance price point. I want at least 8" or greater capacity for resawing. I would like to spend around $1100.00. Has anyone used this bandsaw or the 19" G0514 model. I haven't done any resawing but feel I need to plan on a bandsaw that can handle it down the road. I'm adding new equipment to my shop that should take handle my needs for the next five years or so. I have a Delta 10" Unisaw With Biesemeyer and a grizzly G0500 8" x 75" joiner. I'm retired so I can work most days in my shop. Thanks for the help as always.
Any comments on what is really needed to do resawing would help also. Thanks
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I have a 514 for a few years now. First I got a 1 inch 3 TPI timberwolf blade for resawing. Cut like butter on softwoods and was pretty good on madrone, oak and bay laurel (these are my local trees). Mostly green wood up to 10 inches thick. When it started to wear out, I started burning stuff and drifting, especially hardwood. I learned that when the blade is done, it is done, toss it! Since it was my first bandsaw, I questioned whether if the saw needed adjustment since the teeth felt pretty sharp, but it was the blade just wearing out. I then bought a couple of the half inch woodslicer blades from highland hardware. Thinner kerf, smoother cut and overall I prefer these even though they are not as wide. My first one seemed to last a little longer than the timberwolf, but I did cut a bunch of bark with the TW. Cut a bunch of 1/8 stock for a laminated bracelet for the wife last winter. Just a little drum sanding and the pieces were ready for gluing. I now try and prep green wood as much as possible since bark seems to hold a bunch of abrasive dirt even if it looks clean. It is also more useful to leave the 1/2 incher on the saw for general purposes. The finish with a new or nearly new blade is excellent. I will soon try the 3/4 inch woodslicer to see how it does. Manual is the same for the 17 and 19 inch models, so I suspect very little differences other than lateral cutting capacity and blade length. Jaime
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I have the G0513, bought over 1 year ago. If you get a decent blade, this should resaw quite well. I like the Timberwolf blades. Grizzly now sells these, but has a limited range. The source is http://www.timberwolf1.com /
I have been very happy with this unit. I love the lever spring blade tension, the rack and pinion height adjustment and the fence.
I do take advantage of the lever spring tension to remove tension when not in use. The only hiccup this causes is the blade slipping off if I forget to re-tension before use. I ended up with a post-it note at the switch.
Dave Paine.

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