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05-30-2015 02:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly band saw blade tracking

I’ve got a Grizzly G0555 14” bandsaw that I purchased used. I have never been able to use it much as I can’t seem to get it tuned to cut curves. I’ve cranked up the tension and the blade rides the belt well. But I noticed that the blade does not line up with the support bearing above the table. When I cut straight the blade pushes against the support bearing and all is well. If I cut a curve, the blade bypasses the support bearing and the blade rides the side of the bearing instead of the front. It rides ok on the bearing under the table.
I originally thought there might be an adjustment for the support bearing but I can’t figure out how to do it.
Here is a picture of the setup.
I’d appreciate your help.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 02:49 PM

Is the blade perpendicular to the table?
Side guides need to be set just BEHIND the gullets of the blade, and not touching the blade when running.
Is the arm holding the upper guides adjusted properly. It should be set to allow the outer rim face of the thrust bearing to support the back edge of the blade enough without allowing it (the back of the blade) to slide off the side of the thrust bearing.
I’m kinda shooting in the dark here, but these are the first things I’d check.


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#2 posted 05-30-2015 02:49 PM

Other than forward and back, the only adjustment I am aware of to the thrust bearing is by means of loosening the lock nut on the post so that you can turn the guide mechanism to make the face of the thrust bearing 90 degrees to the blade? Is the face of the thrust bearing 90 degrees to the blade? Also make sure the thrust bearing is in good shape. Grizzly tends to use crappy bearings. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 02:56 PM

The support bearing is mounted off center on the hex shaft. You need to take the bearing and shaft out and turn the shaft one hex flat at a time until the support bearing is in the proper position behind the blade. Looking at the picture moving it one flat will probably put it in the proper position

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 03:31 PM

+1 johnstoneb

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#5 posted 05-30-2015 03:33 PM

Thanks Guys for your input.
Johnstoneb, that is the adjustment I was looking for!!! I took it our though and found the hex was almost as far extended as it would go. I rotated it to maximum offset, and though it improved it quite a bit, it still wants to jump off when cutting a curve. If the bearing was 1/16” bigger, it would be perfect. The bottom bearing looks to be in the same position, but I will take the table off and double check it.
Anything I am missing? Can I get a larger bearing to fix it?

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#6 posted 05-30-2015 03:38 PM

The upper bearing has to be behind the blade as johnstoneb is saying.
I have the LANV model of that saw.
You can download the manual from Grizzly.
Also take a good look at the video from Carter industries has on setting up your band saw.
I have watched it many times and is very well done.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 03:42 AM

you will not be able to cut much of a curve with a blade larger than 1/4”. Looks like a larger one in your photo.

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#8 posted 06-01-2015 12:18 AM

I had exactly the same thought as Jim Finn above. There is a chart in Mark Dujinski’s Bandsaw Book that shows what radius each blade width will cut.

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#9 posted 06-01-2015 01:18 AM

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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