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Blog entry by GMman posted 04-27-2008 09:52 PM 1828 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anybody can tell me how to use a small 14in band saw , I had mine for 3 years and I cannot follow a line with it so I use my jig saw and the band saw is sitting in the corner

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#1 posted 04-27-2008 09:54 PM

Sounds like you need a new blade. If one side gets dull it won’t cut straight.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-27-2008 10:12 PM

A new blade and tensioned properly. If you bought it used, it may need turned up. If you have the manual it will tell you how to do the tune up. I just replaced the tires and tension spring on my band saw and it’s made a world of difference in the cuts.

If you have an on-line subscription to finewoodworking they have several videos on band saw use and tune up. Also the Wood Whisperer has a good video on tune ups.

Good luck.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 04-27-2008 10:20 PM

I’d say new blade. I just borrowed a bandsaw and the guy said that it wasn’t very good and couldn’t cut straight. Turns out it was the factory installed blade that he had been using for quite some time. I’d say buy a new blade.

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#4 posted 04-27-2008 10:57 PM

I have change blades and tried 3 different size and it still does the same thing it maybe the tension I dont really know how tight it should be…..By the way thanks to all comments

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 04-27-2008 11:13 PM

Hi GMman,

Another resource to look at is episode #13. Marc presents a video on bandsaw tune-up.

Hope this helps.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-28-2008 12:12 AM

Thanks Scott I think you may have solved my problem my distance between my blade and bearings is too much and the blade too slack , this is the place to be lots of good people here ready to help again thank you .

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 06:14 AM

If you still encounter problems after changing blades, tires, and having the guides properly adjusted for the blade you’re using, you might check that both the upper and lower wheels are on the same geometric plane. My 12 inch craftsman that was fairly new was cutting everything to the right. I happened to speak with someone from Delta giving a bandsaw “tuneup” session at one of “The Woodworking Shows” in KC…he suggested this to me. Using a long straightedge placed vertically against the top and bottom edges of both wheels simultaneously showed that the top wheel was actually 1/8 inch “behind” the bottom. Placing a washer of the right thickness on the bearing spindle behind the top wheel solved the problem.

-- Martin, Kansas

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