GUIDE BEARINGS instead of guide blocks (shown here without the guard)
can help bandsaw blades run straighter. They cost about $150, and are available
for virtually any saw (see Sources, page
MEDIUM-SIZED BANDSAWS (16 in. and 18 in.) are excellent for resawing, with larger motors, wider blades and larger tables. Prices are generally $1,000 to $1,800.
| For increased
capacity, look for a riser block ($110) for your saw. These blocks aren’t
available for all saws, but if you can get one you can increase the saw’s
capacity by 6 in. They’re available for some saws from Delta, Grizzly, Jet
and Ridgid. Riser blocks are saw-specific, so be sure you get the one designed
for your saw’s specific make and model.
Before dropping too much dough on your bandsaw, remember that $1,000 to $1,800 gets you a brand new saw with big capacity, a monster motor, and guide bearings. These big boys are the ultimate resaw machines.
Feature Article • Bandsaw Resawing • August 2000