The Grizzly G0555 is my first band saw. Having nothing to compare it to might make my endorsement less impressive but I love this band saw. I recently upgrade it with the riser block kit. Installation of the block was very easy although I had to borrow a 26m wrench from my neighbor. Resetting the tension was not simple because for some odd reason Grizzly does not include those instructions. If you do this upgrade find some one on this website with the instruction PDF for resetting the blade tension. My new red blade guard needed at little bending and twisting to make it fit like it should but it was not tough. It does not appear that I need to do any alignment either. Weird. I did adjust the knob a little to get the blade riding in the center of the tire but that was it. The whole ordeal was pretty painless.
Here is where I need advice.
If my blade is riding in the center of the tires am I done? Should I be concerned if my wheels are coplanar when my blade seems to be riding fine? I do notice, now that I have so much more blade length, the guide bearings need to be readjusted if that mechanism is raised or lowered more than a few inches. Raised all the way up for full cutting length the blade is rubbing the saw side bearing and if the bearings are lowered for cutting thinner pieces the blade is rubbing the outside bearing. Does everyone have that issue? I’m afraid that there is no adjustment that can be made for this other than constantly adjusting the bearings. As I type this it dawns on me that if the wheels are not coplanar then the blade could be twisted and cause the exact problem that I am seeing. So how do I adjust this?
I could really use some Band Saw 101.
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