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Bandsawing dry, dense hardwoods

From: George Szynal (
Categories: Bandsaws
Date: 21 Jan 2002
Time: 11:21:39
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I am setting up a horizontal bandsaw to cut very dense hardwoods, most of them relatively dry and some of them quite large. I may be tasked with slabbing as well, which I feel may be better served by an Alaskan chainsaw mill. The largest timber I am faced with currently consists of Bangkairai (very dense at approx. 18grams per cubic inch, the length of cut being 4'6" with possible lengths of 25' to 45'. Everone tells me to expect the blade to lead into the cut (wavy results), and I am looking for all possible precautions that I can take to avoid this. All suggestions would be appreciated, including blade thickness and width, blade guides, tooth arrangements, metal blades, etc.

George Szynal (831)277-8946