Bandsaw Series #1: Backwards teeth on blade ?!?

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Blog entry by Paul Pomerleau posted 01-16-2011 12:57 AM 13607 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’m REALLY new at the woodworking game, and I went out and bought myself a lot of power tools during the Christmas Holidays. One of which is a 15” floor model bandsaw. Today I decided I am going to start a bandsaw box. So I glued a bunch of wood together and stated to cut through. Rememer, this is my very first time using a bandsaw. I noticed it wasn’t feeding as I figured that it should, suddenly smoke started coming out of the wood, I stopped everything, checked the wood, metered the temp of the blade using my digital laser thermometer and all appeared well. I started it back up and continued the cut. It took a long time to go through the 6” x 12” chunk of pine and cedar softwood.
I decided I am going to change blades, when I looked at the teeth of the blade I noticed they were pointing the wrong direction – up instead of down, how can this be?!? I don’t think you can put a bandsaw blade on upside down. Maybe I got a defective blade. oh well, I put on a thinner blade to start making the intricate cuts on my box and as I was coiling the blade to put it away, it flipped inside out and the teeth were now pointing in the right direction. Wow… I guess it can go on upside down.
How embarrassing… I don’t think I’m going to tell anyone about this for fear of ribbing.
So, what I want to know is…
1 – Has this happened to you ?
2 – Is it because it’s a cheap blade ?
I’ve learned another lesson among many since I started this hobby and now I will know to check this in the future.
Thanks for listening.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 01:06 AM

Yes to #1, and no to #2

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 01:09 AM

No this has never happened to anyone else (including me)! Kidding, of course . . . I think it’s probably a mistake a lot of us have made as we entered the world of woodworking. Certainly nothing to be embarrassed about. All blades are made this way, you, as the operator, just have to pay attention as you’re installing them. Looking forward to seeing the new bandsaw box!

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 01:10 AM

I will never tell how many times it has happened to me….........................

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 01:12 AM

You are not crazy…. it happened to the best of us…. and even me once…lol

Happy Learning!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 01:19 AM

Paul. it is all part of the fun.

What to watch for is when you get a smooth piece at the front…. :) That can mess up the bearings.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Paul Pomerleau

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 01:20 AM

Whew… well that’s a relief. This was a 1/2” blade and I tried a little bit to twist it the right way when I took it off the saw, but I wasn’t sure if it was possible so I didn’t try that hard for fear of ruining the blade.
Well, at least I know I’m not alone and I will definitely pay attention to this in the future.
This seems to be a common problem. I wonder why I never heard of it with all the reading I do about woodworking? Oh well, one of those experience lessons I guess.
Thanks everyone.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 01:27 AM

”I don’t think I’m going to tell anyone about this for fear of ribbing.”

But yet you decide to post it here? 20,000+ members! HA! that’s funny…

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 01:34 AM

me too…

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 02:48 AM

Maveric if it happened to the best of us, then it must have happened to me (at least once. More like everytime I’m not paying attention when putting a new blade on.

BUT, of course it’s not my fault, the guy that packed the blade for shipping packed it backwards!!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 03:00 AM

Gee guys! That has never happened to me…....Yeah…That’s it…...That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. lol

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 03:09 AM

I know someone who called customer support at the blade manufacturer to report that he had a defective (upside down) blade. The support person was very helpful and did not laugh, at least not before the conversation ended.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 04:33 AM

I’ve actually put a table saw blade on backwards; though I never cut with it like that and a face off router bit once that burned the wood.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 09:41 AM

I’ve had every kind of balde there is backwards & up side down at some time in my life! Run drills backwards and couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t drill. Welcome to the club :-)) If you haven’t done it, you ain’t spending much time in the shop.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 01-17-2011 07:56 AM

this particular post shows why LJ is so awesome. He admits to messing up a little bit and not 1 person in the 13 previous comment said some thing like “Dude your an idiot…FAIL”, as you would see just about anywhere else on the internet especially youtube.

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#15 posted 01-17-2011 08:59 PM

Me too, I called Carter, the blade mfg. and the receptionist told me it happens a lot and explained to me how to flip the blade to basically turn it inside out.

Worked fine ever since.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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