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#1 posted 01-10-2013 10:00 PM

Years ago I built a Gilliam (does anybody remember that company?) 18” bandsaw from one of their kits. I struggled a lot to get proper tracking. Finally I decided to check out the bottom wheel. With a bit of tweaking I was able to fix the problem. I also helped a friend who was having similar problems with an Inca 3 wheeler, and we were able to improve it as well. Since different saws have different ways of mounting the lower wheel, you would have to study how to do it with your particular saw—shims, grinding down high spots, or whatever. Of course, that’s a last resort if you can’t correct it in the usual ways. I’d check not only up and down alignment (north and south), but also side to side (east and west). Sometimes these kinds of problems can keep you awake at night. Solutions can be very elusive.

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