I wanted to finally do a review of my bandsaw, so I asked the gang here what sort of things should I be testing? After receiving the replies I set out to see what my band saw would do.
No so fast there! When I know the saw is capable of re-sawing a 2×4, but when I tried raising the blade guard to do just that, it topped out at about 3 1/4. I knew this was not right.
After a few minutes I identified the problem. The upper blade guide assembly was too far forward and was hitting the metal of the saw casing. OK, I knew things were not exactly right with my saw, but I had been putting up with things for expediency.
When I was a printer in the mom and pop shop, occasionally the press I was running would just start goofing up in some way. When this happened, instead of fighting the settings all day, making myself miserable and disappointing my employer, I would usually break the set up down, I.E. move almost everything, and set up the press from scratch. The problem usually came from what I call ‘setting creep’. That’s where you run a press for a long time and just keep compensating for things instead of doing things the correct way.
So I took the blade off, took the table off and removed the guide assemblies top and bottom. The rear bearings needed dome oil, but other wise were fine. I made sure the wheels were OK. The top one was running over to the outside a bit much, so I reset the tracking from scratch. I think it was skewed so much that the top edge was rubbing on the blade guard too.
Before putting it back together, I blew out the dust and checked everything. I put everything back together and grabbed a scrap piece of plywood. As a test, I cut out two more of John Heisz’s push sticks. Everything cut fine. Then I grabbed a hunk of 2×3 and drew a line down its length. It re-sawed just fine. Like most folks, I do have some blade drift, about 5 degrees I guess. I put on the fence, made it parallel to the blade and managed to re-saw one side of the 2×3. I also cut off a piece of the re-sawn 2×3 and tried to cut a small circle in it. With a 1/4 inch blade I cut a circle about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Feeling really confident I grabbed a 2 foot length of 2×4 that I was saving for something else (sob) and re-sawed that too. OK, I tried to re-saw it, but apparently I didn’t hold the piece down well enough and it sort of twisted as it went. Ok, but still not bad.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!