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Fixed that shaky Ridgid band saw

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Project by bsherman posted 01-08-2010 05:45 AM 3609 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, I would not recommend buying this saw, but it can be fixed if you have a bad one.

I got mine used but it was still under warranty, so I got several parts switched out for free. (New bearings, balanced, wheels, new tires, and a new tension rod.)

I tried everything that you commonly read about and it got slightly better. (Stiffen the base, balance the wheels, link belt, good blade, etc.)

BUT there are a few things that I don’t see much that really helped.

1. In addtion to balance problems, your wheels/tire may not be round. Rubber tires can be “trued” by attaching a sanding block inside. David Marks has an old article about this. Basically you are sanding down the high spots in the rubber tire to make it perfectly round.

2. No combination of plywood stiffeners inserted in the metal base will dampen vibration as well as a solid plywood box that you build. Or as my wife calls it, “the doghouse”.

3. Mount the motor under the base, as part of #1.

I hope this can help somebody. This saw was my nemesis for a long time. But now it will pass the nickel test, so I rewarded myself with a Kreg fence. Woohoo!

Thanks,
Brian

-- Brian





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azwoodman

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 07:36 AM

Thanks for the advice Brian! I am in the market for a bandsaw and this one keeps popping up on the radar due to its affordability… Congrats on getting it tuned up.

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (http://www.azwoodshop.com)

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NorthGaMan

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 01:09 PM

A couple questions:
Any pics of the motor mount idea you used?

Is the top of the base solid wood or double layered plywood?

Do you have a extension kit on the saw, if so what did you use?

Really like your set up, I really dislike the mobile base on mine and would like to replace the thing.

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 03:39 PM

Wow , you made a Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear !! LOL …...Did you also fabricate the belt guard ? I like your “dog house” .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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bsherman

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 04:27 PM

Spencer, I wouldn’t buy this one again. If you can get a used one really cheap, and are willing to spend some time and money… maybe. Some of the older ones seem to be OK.

For the price of a new one, you are already so close to Grizzly, I would do that.

Hope this helps.

-- Brian

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bsherman

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#5 posted 01-08-2010 04:36 PM

NorthGaMan, I tried to get some pictures from underneath but they ended up just being closeups of the motor. I can’t get the camera far enough away.

The top is 2 layers of 3/4 birch plywood. The motor is just mounted directly under the top with long bolts. I didn’t use any rubber gaskets or anything they seemed to make it much worse.

I initially tried to make a hinge contraption where the motor would hang like on the back of a contractor saw, but that was also worse.

The tension is controlled by shortening the link belt.

I’ve never tried an extension block. With the weaker 3/4 HP motor, I doubt it would do well. Although, the motor does seem 10x more powerful once I got the vibration out. It’s almost scary how much faster it cuts. (Is this piece of oak hollow or something?)

I can work on some more pictures if you need it.

-- Brian

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bsherman

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#6 posted 01-08-2010 04:38 PM

Thanks Dusty. That’s the original Ridgid Guard. I will probably fabricate one at some point, since this one hangs off the back a bit.

-- Brian

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rtb

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#7 posted 01-08-2010 09:28 PM

Not to contradict any thing that you have experienced, Brian, but I have this saw, bought new, and haven’t had any of the problems you have experienced. I will say that If I replaced it I would be looking for something more suitable for resawing.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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NorthGaMan

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 03:16 AM

Thanks for the reply. I have added this one to my favorites. I have a few projects to finish up from Christmas still left. After that I see your bandsaw update on my list of things to do.

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bsherman

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#9 posted 01-09-2010 04:41 AM

Rtb, I hate to be so hard on this tool, because all my other Ridgid stuff is so good. Some people buy it and have no problems, and the support/warranty has been great.

I bought mine used, knowing it might have problems because of what I had read on the Ridgid woodworking forum. I thought it would be easy to fix, but it was much more difficult than I thought.

-- Brian

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WillTheEngineer

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 03:18 PM

bsherman & anyone else with a Ridgid band saw, did the table top that came with your saw have an additional metal brace (drilled to for motor mount and saw frame) on the underside? Below is a picture of mine, bought in July 2010.
Thank You

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bsherman

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#11 posted 08-06-2010 03:26 PM

Yes. Mine did.

-- Brian

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SCOTSMAN

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#12 posted 03-21-2014 07:54 PM

I can tell you this I bought a brand new smaller type bansaw and it had right out of the box extremely serious vibration problems. So much in fact I had to telephone the company and get them to uplift it and give me a refund. I am pleased to say that the company based here in England were very good about refunding me and I had no problem with them, but then I am an old and good customer to them also.The real nuisance was that the base came in about forty pieces and hundreds well almost hundreds LOL of screws. So I spent a few hours putting it together first before I could eventually try the saw out.Vibration is not a funny matter oin a bandsaw or any machine for that matter I would steer clear of it if it were me.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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