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I know quite a few people run this band saw and have heard that it doesn't actually accommodate a 3/4" resaw blade well. Someone told me 1/2" is really the biggest it will go. For the owners, what size and brand blades have you found the saw to like? I'm looking to get a blade for resawing hardwood and a general purpose blade for every day cuts and gentle curves.

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I just checked since I've never used a 3/4 blade I never paid attention but the griz 555 takes a 3/4 blade here's the specs from the griz web site.

Specifications:

  • Motor: 1 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, TEFC, 1725 RPM, prewired 110V
  • Amps: 11A at 110V, 5.5A at 220V
  • Table size: 14" x 14" x 1-1/2"
  • Table tilt: 45° right, 10° left
  • Floor to table height: 43"
  • Cutting capacity/throat: 13-1/2"
  • Maximum cutting height: 6"
  • Blade size: 93-1/2" (1/8" to 3/4" wide)
  • Blade speed: 1800, 3100 FPM
  • Overall dimensions: 27" wide x 67-1/4" high x 30" deep
  • Approximate shipping weight: 246 lbs
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3/4 isn't needed. I feel the wheels aren't wide enough to properly support a 3/4 blade. While you could properly tension a low tension blade like a timberwolf blade, you don't need it for the cuts you're gonna do. 1/2" or 5/8" blade is plenty. You're not resawing thousands of feet a day. 

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Actually, all I have ever resawed with is a 1/4" blade.  I don't have a rise block, but have resawed up to the max 6" without issue.  If you have a riser block I do recommend getting a 1/2" blade.  

 

The blade on my G0555P is a Timberwolf 6TPI 1/4" blade.

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