I am looking into buying a good resaw blade (Timberwolf?) and I am not sure
what size to get. I DAG but I saw rational for both 3/4" and 1". My saw
(18" Rikon w/ 2 hp motor) can accept upto a 1 1/4" blade.
Although it's recommended to use as wide of a blade as possible for
resawing, the Timber Wolf resaw blades seem to do quite well no matter what
width they are. I have a 3/4 and a 1" (if my memory is right - at least I
can remember that I have 2 widths) and my smaller one seems to work better
than the larger one, but they both do a great job. Wider is supposed to be
better, but don't fret if you can't get the widest that your saw can handle.
The Timber Wolf will do a fine job anyway.
It depends on how wide of a board you are going to resaw and how hard the
Basically the wider the blade the higher you can crank up the tension. The
more tension the less chance the blade will bow inside the cut. If the
blade bows you can end up with the middle of the board thicker than the
edges or visa versa. I am having pretty good luck cutting 6" wide Oak with
a 1/2" blade on my Laguna although I do have a couple of 1 inch blades. You
might want to contact Rikon to see what they suggest. IIRC they told me
that they did not recommend going past 1" although the saw would accept a
Alternatively call the guys at Timberwolf, they are pretty good at
suggesting what to use.
If you've got a decent fence that can be adjusted for
blade drift, have a decent set of guides - above and below
- and let the saw determine the feed rate, a 3/4" blade
should be enough- maybe even a half inch blade. 3 tpi
hook cuts fairly quick and pulls sawdust out of the kerf.
If you've uncoiled a 1" or 1 1/4" inch bandsaw blade you
might seriously consider a narrower blade. If you've tried
to refold a 1" or 1 1/4" blade I suspect you'll go with
If you want to decimate your bank account - and maybe
stop your heart for a few beats, check out Laguna Tools
Resaw King. Multiply your band length by $3/inch ( could be
more now) and you'll understand why.
I agree to a point, however the longer the blade the easier it is to fold it
back up. My 1" 150" blade is pretty easy to wind back up. Oddly it is
harder to unwind. It takes several tosses on the ground to coax it to
gradually open up. The guy at the saw mill showed me how he recoils his
1-1/2 to 2" blades and it was shockingly simple but then again the blade was
pretty long. IIRC the blade on the 18" Rikon is about 138" long.
Actually the Resaw King blades normally go for $1.50 per inch. Still a
number to not take lightly.
At the moment Laguna has a sale, buy 2 Resaw Kings and get 1 free. That
takes the average price down to $1 per inch.
Also Laguna's Ripmaster blades, much like the Timberwolf blades are on sale,
buy 4 get one free.
The wider the blade, the more stable it will be for resawing.
But IMO you should not consider Timberwolf. I have had much better results
from Olson blades, at less than half the price.
I bought mine from Ballew Saw & Tool. Good price, and amazingly fast shipping.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I have to agree with Doug on the Olsen blades, I had three different
Timberwolf blades and was not impressed. The Olsen's that I bought to
replace them have done a much better job at half the price. As for
blade width, on the advice of the wrec I bought a 1/2" 3 tpi Olsen and
have gotten much better resaw results than the 3/4" Timberwolf that I
had. Just my two cents ;) bc
I believe that the band saw has more to do with whether the blade brand
works well for you or not.
I had a 18" Rikon BS and could not get 4 different Timberwolf blades to
track properly. The off brand cheaper blades tracked great.
I replaced the Rikon with a 16" Laguna and Timberwolf gave me credit towards
the longer blades for the Laguna. The Timberwolf blades do just fine on the
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