OK I know you guys know a thing or two about vintage, cast iron band saws.
If you read the previous entry, I bought this saw for a song but after trying for a week or so to get the blade to track, I gave up and its been collecting dust ever since.
That in itself is a travesty! I mean just Look at this beaut!
I dont have any pics of the wheels, but I’ll get some up tonight if i remember.
My issue is this: Lower wheel is about 3/16ths further out than the upper wheel, ie not co-planar.
The upper wheel cannot be adjusted (aside from tracking/tension of course), but i can’t seem to find out how to adjust the lower wheel! I put a washer on the inside of the upper wheel to bring it out the required distance, but it wouldnt turn after tightening the screw, so scratch that.
I’ve removed all the set screws on the lower axle and unscrewed the cap nut on the wheel (other side). But it wont budge.
Here is pic I found online (not my saw) with the wheel removed. I can’t get this far, as I cant get the wheel off and dont want to strip or break anything, any tips?
I would like to clean it all, and reassemble it then go from there.
Also would buying urethane tires help? or crowning the current tires (which seem in good shape) even though the wheels arent coplaner to begin with?
Ive been trying with both a 3/8ths blade and a 1/2” resaw woodslicer blade. No luck with either, although the 1/2” comes off quicker while hand turning to check tracking…
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram