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I presently have a Delta 14" band saw #28-212. Anyone have this saw and if so do you have any problem resawing. It is 1 H.P. and Ive tried quite a few blades with a slow feed to no avail.
What material are you trying to resaw? How wide is the material? What blade? What are the problems you are experiencing?
If you are having problems resawing 3" wide pine there is one set of issues. If it is 12" hard maple (riser block on the Delta bandsaw) you are surpassing the capacity of a 1 HP saw to do the job.
no doubt its the 1 hp motor so I was wondering if I can replace it with a 2 hp instead of changing the whole machine. Yes Im having trouble with the pine and I have a 1/2 inch resaw blade on it now. Forgot the make. Blade is parallel and square to table and properly adjusted
There is likely be no problem upgrading to a 2hp motor on the band saw. However you should be able to resaw a 6" pine board easily with the 1 hp motor.
Try replacing the 1/2" resaw blade with a 1/4" 6 tpi hook tooth blade before going to the trouble and expense of the larger motor.
Also make sure the blade is tensioned properly. You can try setting it 1/8" tighter on the scale than the spring loaded scale indicates.
On your first test cut don't use the fence. Draw a line centered on the edge of a 6" wide pine board and carefully free hand it through following the line. This will tell you if the blade is going to make the cut without bowing and show you the proper feed angle of that particular blade.
I had a delta 14 for about a week once and found it nearly useless for just about everything I do. I now use an Italian 20" saw with 3 HP but it's also limited in the resaw department. Eventually I bought an Hatachi resaw, CB75F. It's an expensive little screamer with 3" stellite blades but (ah shitz) still can't handle any hardwood over 6".
I've learned that if I need any serious re-saw work, I order it from another company that actually owns a real resaw.
After all you can do there's no substitute for HP.
on small band saws it is hard to get enough blade tension and the blade feet per minute is slower than optimum. I run my 1/4" blade at the 3/4" tension mark, also sped up the blade to the point have to glue on the tires and put on a 2hp motor. still is not a substitute for a real re-saw.
you guys are great help. So before I put good money on top of bad....... Thing is I just fabricated an African Mahogany door with a radius top and jamb so it might have been tuff to get anything resawn in that species
The only way I would resaw 4" or wider hardwood on a 14" band saw would be to cut up from both edges on the table saw first. This leaves just a narrow strip of wood at the center of the board for the band saw to cut. Even owning a proper resaw band saw I still do this occasionally for a quick cut on a single board.
I have an old Rockwell version of the 14" bandsaw with a riser kit on it and a set of bearing guides. It is and has been for the last twenty five years the best little saw and I have cut through stuff I had no business cutting. I believe the key is all in the setup and using good blades. Are you going to resaw huge quantities of material on it, of course not, but the occasional piece here and there setup right should be no problem.
Oddly enough, I bought an Italian machine marketed as the "re-saw master", it couldn't resaw warm butter and is to this day the biggest piece of crap I ever bought. For the serious work we use a horizontal Baker and a Fay Egan 36" vertical.
We cut a bunch of these roughly 8" x 8" on the Rockwell.