Should I use this bandsaw?

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Forum topic by Will Miller posted 09-04-2009 01:35 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Will Miller

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09-04-2009 01:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw blade

There has been a bandsaw sitting in my step dad’s garage for a couple of months now and I wanted to see if it worked because it was a gift from one of his friends that bought a new one. Its at least 10 years old I think but its in okay condition. So when I powered it up the blade started moving and then the whole machine jerked slightly and then it went to full speed. This freaked me out and I immediately shut it off, thinking that it was broke or something. This happens every time I turn it on; it starts spinning, the whole machine jerks, then it reaches full speed and nothing else. It doesn’t make any other noises and it looks like its working fine. Is that normal for older ones, or is it a defect? I’ve used newer bandsaws in my school shop and my teacher always said if you hear an unusual noise coming from the machine turn it off and tell him. I tried cutting a piece of scrap pine on only about half an inch and it cut it fine the first time, the blade is old and dull so it needs replacing. However, the second time I was cutting it started to make strange noises while cutting. About every half second it would make a “duh duh” noise and would stop once I was done cutting. Is that normal? Its a 12” Sears saw so I know its nothing special and not very expensive but free is free. So should I use it, and is there anything that you guys can tell me that might be of some use? Any help will be appreciated, thanks.

-- Will Miller

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#1 posted 09-04-2009 02:27 AM

post a picture of it

otherwise bring it into the shop if you want and we can look at it.

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 02:35 AM

If it were me I’d clean it up, balance the wheels, check the tires to see if they need repalcement, buy a new blade and see how it performs then.

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 02:37 AM

Will, your teacher is right when he said turn it off when you hear strange noises. It sounds like the saw has set too long unsused, and the bearings may be dry. It could be a variable of things. Is the blade hitting the guard,floppy,or needs tensioning. Check the wheels and rubber around them .It may have dry rotted and caused the wheels to go out of balance. A number of things. Most bearings come factory sealed, so you can’t grease them—just replace them. Something is wrong somewhere. If a bandsaw is properly tuned, it should run as quiet as a church mouse!!. You didn’t say if it’s on a mobile base. If so—the base needs attention(adjusting the levelers,etc). For sure, put on a new blade and check the tension. Good luck and let us know how it turns out. There’s others out there that can help on the website, if I’ve missed something. Rick D.

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