Today I experienced my first power tool injury. I was using my Grizzly G055P 1 hp bandsaw. I was working on a bandsaw box made out of bubinga. This morning I noticed that my blade was burning the wood, so I thought it was dull and purchased a new one. But, the same thing happened. I reset my tracking and all of the bearings. When I went in to do a practice cut the blade suddenly came loose and fell off the weels, so I put the blade back on and tensioned it. So I went and started cutting out the box. The blade was wobbling so I increased the tension. I had to tighten a 1/4 blade all the way to what a half inch blade should be at. At the end of the cut all of the sudden the blade shot off, pulled the wood forward and then it hit my finger which was about 3 inches away from the saw blade. The blade came off like a slingshot. Thank god the cut was not bad enough to need stitches but it sure shook me up. Plus I took all the proper safety precautions. I was using the right size blade, tightened the blade according to the woodwhisperers instructions in his video and have used the manual to adjust the bearings etc. Plus I was keeping my distance from the blade. I think this was caused by a problem with the tension. I am calling Grizzly on Monday. At least I am all right. What do you guys think might of caused this?
|Blog entry by DantheWoodworker||posted 08-29-2011 05:27 AM||2242 reads||1 time favorited||12 comments|