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Hitachi cb75F resaw9/18
I picked up this used resaw and I am new to resawing. First the blade that comes with it is 3" wide. I can't find anyone who sharpens these. Any suggestions? The saw is underpowered but I will eventually replace it with bigger motor. We are not looking to do huge amounts of re sawing but could use some pointers and advice.
The place you need to send the blade(s) for resharpening is a place that sharpens bandsaw blades for larger sawmills. I send mine to a place in Maine.
There is a kit from Hitachi available to retrofit the machine with different guides so that you can fit smaller blades. A 1" blade would also be fine for resawing, especially since the Hitachi machine frame is more than stiff enough to handle the tension, and the blades are cheaper and can be sharpened anywhere.
For resawing, it is also handy to have the extension arm set with outfeed roller, also available to buy on amazon, etc..
If the blade is sharp, I do not find it to be underpowered, however I do find the gear reduction motor noisy. There was a version from Hitachi with a 3-phase motor, no gear reduction, but it was never sold in N. America.
Hey thanks for the info. I picked this saw up for $300 so I figured I could put some into it and make it work for me. We don't do a lot of resawing, but for making some matching panels and some other work I felt it would be a good addition. What was the company in Maine you were referring to? I can't find anybody local who sharpens band saw blades.
When I had a Wadkin PBR, I sent the 3" blades to Menomineee Saw in the UP of Michigan. They could sharpen, repair tips and re-tension a blade. I'd let 3-5 get dull then pack them up and send them - not easy, but far cheaper than buying new.
Most band saw blades are looked at as disposable so sharpening them is rarely done, unless it is a band mill blade like for sawmills.
Ok. Thanks for all the advice. I looked at youtube and saw a guy sharpen his with a dremel and small sharpening stone so I thought I would give it a try. I couldn't believe how much better it cut afterwards. Just a touch on the tips and gullet and it was 100 times better than before. I will still send it out for resharpening and retensioning but this will get me a little more time out of the blade before then. I am going to try the ones for bandsaw mills as suggested.
I have been using a Hitachi CB75F for many years now. Anyone have a source or experience with alternate sources for blades other than Hitachi?
I am currently working with the people at Wood-Mizer to make me some custom blades , 111" long, 2" wide, Stellite tips, .042" kerf. Box of 5 blades would be $391.00.
To follow up on my last message, I have ordered the stellite sawblades from Wood-Mizer. I was wrong about the kerf, now they are telling me the kerf will be about .080" and the band itself will be .045". This is quite a bit more than the original Hitachi bands, but still far less than the blades on my 30" wheeled bandsaw.