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    What is the most force a Rigid Bandsaw can effectivly maintain?

  • #2
    In the Fine Woodworkings 2001/2002 Tools & Shops Edition, they claim out of the almost a dozen machines tested, Ridgid was the only one in the 14" class that was able to get 15,000 psi. How well it maintain it, is not discussed.

    I can further comment, I have added the riser block, frequently use 3/4" blades, and resaw 8 -10" chunks into boards (least I use to until the motor fried). Blade tension is not a problem, however, the tension (in my personal opinion) is way beyond what the saw can handle without excessive ware.

    I would love to put a 1.5 hp motor on the saw, but I know it wouldn't last a month. I simply need a HD 3 hp 220v 20 to 22 inch bandsaw.

    Anyone care to make donations to a poor fellow woodworker? (I need a better job, I'm asking for donations again!)
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    • #3
      If you add a 1 1/2 horse motor to a bandsaw and it fries in a month, you either have a defective motor, or are using the wrong blade for the work. Most companies who have the large steel frame bandsaws get by just fine with 1 1/2 horse motors and they last for years and years.


      • #4
        OOPS, clarification needed.

        didn't mean the 1.5 hp motor wouldn't last, I ment the bandsaw. The bearings, shafts, etc couldn't handle the 1.5 hp motor. I've had other problems with saw as well, with keeping the the tires aligned and belt in line. It's just not built to handle that much torque.
        John E. Adams<br /><a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\"></a>


        • #5
          Thank you for posts, but I don't think this question is actually answered.

          Please allow me to rephrase. What is the actual force, in PSI or equivilent measurement, that the BS1400 can effectively exert and maintain?

          Is there anyone on this BBS, hopefully a RIDGID ENGINEER, who has the answer to this question?

          [ 10-09-2003, 10:49 PM: Message edited by: Desmo888 ]


          • #6
            I read Lonnie Bird's Band Saw Book and he suggests tensioning to the next size up, on the gauge, as to blade width----certainly a test of the quality of construction of the band saw.

            But, has anyone tried the Timberwolf Blades? They say that you don't tension them as tight as regular blades---there's a whole procedure you need to learn, but, for those with lighter duty band saws like the Ridgid, it would seem to me a Timberwolf blade would be the answer.


            • #7
              I have timberwolf blades, and they are great, the b.s. runs quieter, cuts smoother, all around thousand per cent improvement...won't go back to any other blade except timber wolf!
              \"Aarrgh, sliver me timbers\"<br /><a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\"></a>


              • #8
                Maybe a Timberwolf blade will end the blade rattling in the plastic blade return shield?


                • #9
                  Here are Timberwolfs guidelines for tensioning...
                  Here is a link:
                  Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\" gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\"> gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>


                  • #10
                    15,000 psi as woody said in his first reply.
                    Is that what your asking?