The question is one that's been thrown around, but what I can find in Google on it has mostly been general for "most 14' bandsaws". I was planning on getting a 3/4' Timberwolf for it, but forgot to do it till close to the end of the show, and they were all gone. Have to wait till next week. So I bought Lonnie Bird's "The Bandsaw Book" where he specifically states that one should use a 1/2 resaw blade in a 14' saw because it can't properly tension a 3/4 blade.
So, I google the wreck and find three main schools of thought:
* Yes, you shouldn't use a 3/4. Tension a 1/2' blade properly and use that.
* No, the newer 3/4 blades that came out after Lonnie's book, like Timberwolf, can be tensioned properly so that they cut a nice straight smooth line when resawing if you don't cut too fast. Also the Highland Hardware Woodslicer and a swedish blade manufacturer whose name I've temporarily lost.
* You can use a 3/4 blade on a 14' saw IF you get the Iturra Bandsaw Spring. (So far I can only find one for Delta, so that may be irrelevant)
So, the question: I know there are users of this model and similar Jets out there. Anyone got any thoughts that might help me decide? I'm tempted to get the 3/4'inch Timberwold first and see how that works. If it doesn't, I'm out 35 bucks and some time. I've made worse mistakes.
I've got some time to decide. The first order of business is finish wiring the garage-workshop. Final hookup is about a week away. Then move tablesaw, planer and other tools from basement to shop, then tune the bandsaw, re- tune jointer, re-tune tablesaw, THEN see how the bandsaw does at resawing. So I'd like to further beat on a subject that's come up before and see if anyone has anything to add. Lonnie's book was written in 99, people say there's been significant tech advances since then. Before I begin my own experiment would anyone care to help me prepare a test plan?