Band Saw Vibration

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Blog entry by GrandpaD posted 03-29-2007 08:52 PM 2999 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys and Gals;

This is my first attempt of posting pictures along with the text. I’m sure I’ll get better at it as I develope this new found skill. Thanks to all of those who helped me, especially WayneC.

This first picture is the reason why I needed to balance the wheels (among other things) on my Ridgid Band Saw. I ruined the first wheel because the blasted band saw was vibrating so much I couldn’t cut a straight line on the wheels.

Reason for needing a balanced band saw

Putting a mark on the heaviest portion of the wheel.

Removed the blade & spun the wheels. I noticed they returned to the same position each time; even when only turning them 1/4 turn. I marked the location of the spot and thought, “this thing is not smarter than me.

Industrial strength double back tape, fender washer (for weight) and alunimum tape

There’s got to be a simple way of balancing this wheel. I found some fender washers and for the top wheel I used industrial double back tape to tape it on the opposite side of the top wheel. Then I wrapped the washer with some metal tape I had laying around. That solidified it into place.

Note the mark on the bottom of the wheel and the washer taped to the top.

For the bottom flywheel I found it required 2 washers. Went through the same proceedure of double back tape and wrapped some metal tape around them to attach them to the lower flywheel.

Note the mark on the bottom of the lower wheel.

2 washers had to be used for the bottom wheel

I put the blade back on and waited for the moment of truth as I flipped the switch on. Much to my surprise, ALL THE VIBRATION WAS GONE!!!!! It ran smooth and I stood there in amazement with my finger on the table of the saw sensing a quiet hum and no vibration.

Oh, one other thing I did was to replace the plywood spacer between the motor and saw with a 1/4 inch hard rubber floor mat trimmed to fit the stand.

-- GrandpaD, Painesville, Ohio -

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#1 posted 03-29-2007 10:09 PM

Perfect job on the pictures. I’m going to try it out on mine this weekend. Wear can I get metal tape?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#2 posted 03-29-2007 10:20 PM

I have seen 2-3 other posts on this topic. I will go back and look. Sounds like Rigid has a quality issue.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 10:25 PM

They do. I did a Google search and found several complaints about vibration in this saw. Apparently it is a wheel balance issue. Some have said that Ridgid will send you new wheels if you call and complain enough.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#4 posted 03-29-2007 10:29 PM

Very good GrabdpaD

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 03-30-2007 01:35 AM

Like the pictures!

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#6 posted 03-30-2007 02:09 PM

those pictures really help… I have a small band saw that also vibrates once it gets going… I figured I needed to make a heavier base for it, or make sure it was clamped down to it better… if that turns out not to be the case I won’t be intimidated to try this!


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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