Noise from the upper wheel of my Grizzly 14" Band Saw( I'm a newbie on it)

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 07-07-2013 06:44 PM 3654 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m trying to figure out my band saw. I’ve been told “get better blades” Will do. I filed the back of the current blade. Changed the tension, checked out the video that is pretty comprehensive about tuning it up.

Raised the guide yesterday while cutting some 6 inch fir to trim it down. 1/4 inch each side. @ 6 tpi blade.

Now I’m getting a sort of grinding noise from the upper wheel.

Before I take it apart…SIGH I’m looking for more suggestions.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 06:51 PM

i think i remember someone talking about one of the two bearings on the top wheel went out on theres. so it might not be a major thing if its just a bearing and you check it out before it gets real bad.

-- David Henley

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 07:02 PM

Possible blade gaurd,guide or guide blocks touching anything moving when you raised the height? Blade off, still noisy when spun by hand?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 07:37 PM


Will release tension, remove blade, and check for noise. Blade gard was also contributing.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 08:05 PM

My first thought was blade guard, but have you checked your guides blade guides top and bottom to see if they are properly adjusted/tightened (sometimes they get loose from vibration. They could be too tight or the blade might be hitting one of the guides

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 08:13 PM

My cover rubs on the upper wheel of my grizzly. Couple of washers over the bolts cured the issue.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 08:47 PM

Thanks, More to look at LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 09:53 PM

stick a piece of cheese in the ipper wheel, it will catch the mouse that is squealing. that is all i know to offer, as i dont own a band saw…:)....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 07-07-2013 09:57 PM

Since this is a new saw for you, might I suggest you watch this great video by Alex Snodgrass on alignments? it really helped me.

-- John from Hampstead

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#9 posted 07-07-2013 10:40 PM

The other suggestions are good ,I hope it’s not a bearing,have you been releasing the tension on the blade when not in use? I hope it’s a minor adjustment of the guard.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 07-07-2013 10:43 PM

Sorry Thomas I can’t offer anything that no one else has already offered, but great advise has been given look forward to the cause . Grizzman you need to safe a few bucks :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#11 posted 07-07-2013 11:36 PM

I usually use compressed air to blow my saw(grizz 555X) down every couple of months. Maybe you got some saw dust where it’s causing a problem.(If you don’t have a compressor just buy a can at the local computer store)

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 07-08-2013 12:07 AM

With the blade tensioned spin by hand, if you are getting the grinding sound, using the tracking knob move the blade a smidge to the outside of the top wheel. Grinding stop? Getting the deepest part of the gullet to the middle of the wheel on my saw, will get the grind; it is the wheel rubbing against the cover.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#13 posted 07-08-2013 12:12 AM

well blackie just consider the virtual hat being passed for real money donations for a band saw, then i can try to catch up to you…just send all donations to me via an address that ill give in a pm…:)......just a nice 14 grizzly will be great.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-08-2013 12:29 AM

My blade guard will rub on my upper wheel when raised all the way. Loosen those 2 screws that hold the blade guard and straighten it up to where it misses the wheel.

That would be the best and simplest explanation for the noise. I doubt you have a bad bearing as the problem didn’t occur until you raised the guides/guard.

Good luck and keep us posted.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 07-08-2013 12:31 AM

Back in from shop.

Took the saw blade off the top wheel, rotated. No sound! Opened upper and lower doors for inspection. When I had put the blade back on upper tire the bottom was off. Aligned the bearing guides for the blade.

Re set the upper blade guard. Even sprayed silicon lube in bushing area.

Total noise was significantly reduced Metal on metal grinding sound gone!

New question? the video on YouTube suggests an 1/8 inch play in the band saw blade?

What I did was test cut with miter gauge. Made sure the gauge was square to the table. Had to keep increasing tension til I was not getting movement to the right during the test cuts?

How much is the correct tension?

Still seeing pulsing in the blade as it slows down?

Thanks for all the great suggestions. Pumped me up to work in my HOT SHOP today!


Ops have to release the tension when I go out to feed my cats.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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