Did you kerf both top and bottom?OK, I tried that. I failed. On the bandsaw, following the table saw kerf on the top of the wood was easy, but after only 70mm or so the blade emerged from the side of the wood at the bottom. I expected the blade to stay within the kerf automatically as it is "easier" than wandering off, but that didn't happen.
YesDid you kerf both top and bottom?
About 50mm deep from each side.How deep kerfs did you cut?
About 55mm left in the centre.How much was left for the band saw to cut?
No idea. I have no experience with bandsaws.Is the bandsaw blade correctly tensioned?
Again, no idea. In my previous session the blade was changed to a new blade so I assume that one was sharp. I don't know what blade was fitted for my latest attempt.Is the bandsaw blade reasonably sharp?
There is no fence, so no, I did not use one. I just guided the wood through the saw freehand, keeping the bandsaw blade in the table saw kerf at the top.Did you use the bandsaw fence?
Yes.Is the material flat and parallel?
Yes, it could be either, or a combination of both. Certainly I plead guilty to having a lack of knowledge.At the moment from the limited information I would guess that it could be lack of knowledge causing a possible operator error or an incorrect setup.
Any or all of these could be true.... failings are almost always down to wrong choice of blade or poor machine setup and technique.
About 55mm left in the centre.
”was the blade correctly tensioned”
No idea. I have no experience with bandsaws.
a 150mm depth of cut is within the capabilities of my elu 3401 bandsaw, they come up used for £100~200 and with a blade fro TuffSaws will do the job.bandsaw capable of resawing 150mm or 200mm wide material is going to be a substantial machine and will probably beyond my budget.
I'm afraid I disagree. The tracking knob is there for a reason, it alters the position of the blade on the tyre. Too far back and the blade will be in the 11-5-o'clock direction (looking from above), too far forward and it will be in the 1-7-o'clock direction. Somewhere between the two it will be cutting 12-6-o'clock, parallel with the mitre slots and you will get straight cuts both when ripping and when crosscutting, which you won't get if you skew the fence.You have to set the fence to whatever angle the blade is cutting at.