The Delta 28-475X bandsaw has 14 in. wheels, a 1.5 HP motor, and
a resaw capacity of 12 in. (with riser block). Costs $900, made in
the US, gets good reviews. I'm seriously thinking about acquiring one.
Someone told me recently that the real resaw capacity when cutting
hardwood on this machine is actually only somewhere between 6 and 8 in.
So now I'm wondering: Assuming I have a good resawing blade, will
this machine resaw up to 12 in. of hardwood? Anyone had experience
actually doing this?
Now just who told you that and why?
Others seem to disagree.
I'm sure you can get faster, maybe better results from a 21" Laguna but
this one seems to work.
Hardwoods, cutting speeds and blades differ. If you regularly need to
resaw that size stock, you ought to at least consider a larger, possibly
steel framed, bandsaw.
That particular bandsaw is, however, regarded as one of the very best of
The right tool for the right job, etc. A woodworker of my acquaintance has
four in his shop.
I realize that this saw would need a riser block to cut through
anywhere near 12 in. of wood.
I'm talking about using this saw to resaw 12 in. pieces only
occasionally. The rest of the time it would get light use, usually
resawing no more than 6 to 8 in. I just want to know if I can
do the 12 in. pieces once in a while if I want to.
I used the grandfather of this machine in an adult ed shop, to resaw a
10" wide cherry panel, perhaps 30" long.
IF you have a very sharp blade, of the proper type,
AND your saw is properly set up and tensioned,
AND you have the proper fence, properly adjusted,
AND the woodworking gods are with you that day,
you CAN resaw an irreplaceable panel at 1/4".
I made a fair amount of scrap, learning on soft maple, before I got a
useable maple panel, and proceded to the cherry, with success.
It is much easier on the Jet 16 now in my home shop, although it is
limited to about 10" in height. With a good blade, tensioned right, no
problem. Many of my woodworking friends in analog life have a version
of this saw, and are well served. Folks who regularly resaw for their
work generally step up to larger saws.
Your shop. Your work patterns. Your dollars. It's a good saw.
Can you buy from a local dealer, and try one out?
I'm beginning to think this is the saw for me. I've already learned the
hard way about using the right blade when trying to resaw. I'll keep
in mind the importance of the other factors you list.
This saw is on sale at local Woodcraft. Don't know if I could return
Yes it will and you can resaw 12". I have the Griz 555 with 1hp motor and
resaw 11" maple without a problem using 3 tpi 1/2" Timberwolf blades. A
slow steady push works great (slow not at "snail" speed). The resaw height
may be slightly less than 12" due to mechanical clearance problems; so
figure on 11 - 11 1/2" of actual resaw height.
My Jet works fine for thin pieces w/riser. The upper blade guide is
longer, so you just drop it near the surface.
Having the guides close to the wood is more critical than the distance
between the top wheel and the upper blade guide. This is the one thing
that changes when you get a riser, and this isn't something that
On the other hand...
- These things have a much bigger impact that the distance/flex
between the wheel and the upper guides. I think I saw one reference
to someone who beefed up the metal frame in his saw. No one else
discusses any problem.
I'd get the riser kit right away. That way you only have one set-up,
and all of the blades are the same length.
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