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Blog entry by Joero posted 07-01-2008 10:48 AM 817 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

could it be that no one has any idea as to why my cuts drift towards the throat. ps the blades are brand new.

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 11:51 AM

Might be you didn’t get any replies because you asked your question as a follow-up comment on your original forum topic, and maybe people only read your original question (which was something like, “Is this the right place to ask for help?”) and they didn’t read on. Why don’t you try asking the entire question as the main body of a forum post or blog entry, and that way you’ll get a lot more people looking at your question.

-- Eric at

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 02:54 PM

We understand that you are new so don’t get too frustrated yet with LJ. Eric is right.

While bandsaws tend to “drift” some, it sounds like you don’t have the blade tight enough or can’t get it tight enough.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 04:19 PM

I’m no band saw expert but, I find that if I’m using a narrowish blade – 3/8” or so – it will drift more than usual if I push too hard. Also, the fence has to be perfectly straight with the blade.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 05:13 PM

I am like RusticElement- no expert- but I read somewhere that most all band saws will drift. If your problem occurs when re-sawing, try replacing the flat re-saw fence with a jig similar to this:

The jig clamps to the table and then you can compensate for the drift by moving the stock left or right during the cut.

Hope this helps.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Damian Penney

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#5 posted 07-01-2008 06:19 PM

You can adjust for drift by changing where the blade sits on the wheel (with the tracking knob)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 07-01-2008 07:29 PM

Lew may be no expert but he has an expert solution.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 05:52 AM

I use a band saw a lot, of course not on great big pieces, however I find drifting to be a problem mainly by trying to feed to fast, or as RusticElements says by pushing to hard. The tracking knob as Damian says is of utmost importance. But another thing that I find hard to remember to do but I believe should be done everyday when you are done with your shop, is loosen that blade. Don’t let it sit there taught. I think I have seen a big significance on life of and usability of my blades when I just remember to do this. A taught blade is going to steer better, (for lack of better description)and if it sits around for awhile being stretched out, it just is not a good thing

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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