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Blog entry by DamnYankee posted 10-22-2011 01:36 AM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several months ago I bought a used Buffalo 14” bandsaw ( my first bandsaw). In the process of refurbishing it I’ve put on new tires, new cool blocks, blade guide bearings, and new blades. Now I can’t get the wheels co-planner. I can get the top wheel’s upper and lower edges in line with the lower edge of the bottom wheel but cannot get all four edges aligned. The upper edge is about 1/16 (or less) out of alignment. The then comes off in only a few hand turns of the wheels.

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 04:42 AM

If the blade comes off the front, tip the blade back a little while you turn the wheels by hand, keep tipping the top wheel by small increments forward, then back untill it runs steady on both wheels, turning by hand. Now put ALL the guards back on. Then power up the saw for two seconds, all okay? You should be ready to saw wood at this point. Lonnie Bird wrote, The Bandsaw Book. Amazon.com has used copies for less than new. This book is worth buying.

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 02:07 PM

Thanks for the advice I will give it a try. I am waiting to borrow that book from a friend and maybe buy it.

Thanks

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 10:44 PM

Well I tried it and could not get the blade to track without coming off

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 01:51 PM

Some saws have the top (or bottom) wheel set closer to the frame than the other. Remove the wheel and put some shims (a washer works, or make something) behind it until they are both on the same plane. Getting this perfect is not critical, but it should be as close as you can get it. However, few saws track properly without also tilting the wheel. It is also important to have a good crown in the center of the tire. Admittedly, some saws just seem to track closer to the outside edge of the wheel. As long as the blade stays on, it works fine.

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 02:00 PM

@Stumpy – After much frustration I came to the conclusion that it is indeed what you suggested about needing to shim the power wheel.

Now all I need do is get that frigging wheel off (I think the nut and bolt have become one with each other).

Thanks for the input.

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#6 posted 10-24-2011 01:49 AM

Thanks exelectrician and stumby for your assistance.

You know how sometimes when you are working on a project and you have an AWWW $h!+ moment and then after much cursing and haranguing you realize the screw-up actually helped be more “artistic” or the fix made it a better looking project?

Well tonight I had one of those moments with my bandsaw. I was moving it out of my shop to my pickup so I could bring it with me to our local woodworking clubs weekly get together to see if the guys could help me out. In moving the BS by hand truck it started to fall over, I caught it but the top of the BS had hit the top of the hand truck and knocked the top wheel housing WAY out of whack. As I stood there cursing, I came to realize it upper wheel housing had merely twisted out of alignment at the riser block (did someone say riser block?). HOLD ON! I thought…if a big o knocking does that, what would a little knocking have done when I moved it in the first time….aaahhh knock the upper wheel housing out of alignment a little bit? Yes…after I re-set the riser block and tightened everything down…wa-la the wheels are readily made co-plainer! My BS now works, even resawed a few boards. Now all I’ve got to do is tune it up a bit more, figure out my drift and I should be go.

It is an old Buffalo so it make A LOT OF NOISE that I hope I can reduce with proper tuning.

Again thanks for the input…its why I love LJs…you can post a question about just about anything and within hours you get some friendly help.

Thanks

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 03:42 AM

Rob I am so happy that you found your problem . I did not stop to really think about the riser block, duh?? I guess the guy that put it in did not have enough muscle to reef down on the bolts that hold it. Well one more thing to think about and one more lesson learned.

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