Merry Christmas folks. Just wanted to share a tip that I learned the hard way. I know many LJs own the Grizzly G0555 band saw and since many boast riser blocks, most of what follows probably seems very elementary :) But for slow ones like me, I thought I might share an experience and hopefully reduce another’s frustration somewhere down the road.
Last August I was gifted with the funds to purchase the aforementioned saw by my brother who wanted to give a thank you gift for sharing residency for the last couple of years. I ordered the saw, riser blocks, and two highland woodworking blades (woodslicer and one designed for resawing timber). I held off on installing the riser blocks until the blades came in and I was more comfortable with how the band saw works. My buddy Mike (jockmike2) gave me a hand with the riser installation but I ran into one big snag… The new blades appeared to be too small for the saw. I rechecked installation instructions a few times and verified the “105 was correct for the saw in a half dozen sources. I had loosened the tension all the way (or so I thought) and the bolt was so low on the assembly, it was actually butt up against the saw.
Fortunately for me, there were a few bread crumbs on the web and on the LJ site hinting that the screw assembly could, in fact, be loosened more. So, after giving myself sufficient time to cool down (and not over react by doing something insanely stupid) I worked on loosening the tension and kept at it, even though it looked like I was getting nowhere.
After a few more minutes of loosening, the bottom of the nut on the assembly started to appear.
I was able to grab ahold of it and the bolt rose again and gave me a few more inches of leeway. I was able to slide on the new blade without issue. Once I tightened back the arm though, I realized I needed the strength of hercules in order to set the tension back. On this last pic, you will notice two spacers on each side of the tension bar. The small one on the bottom can be loosened with a hex key and lowered about another inch. This greatly relaxes the tension bar without having to manually loosen the tension on the turn handle. The release does provide as much give as blades before the riser block installation but it can provide enough to relax the blade without leaving memory indentations on it.
I hope this is helpful to others who need the hint. Happy holidays to you all.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.