New Bandsaw... any tips?

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Forum topic by interpim posted 09-05-2009 04:29 AM 1084 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2009 04:29 AM

I decided to take advantage of Home Depot’s tool sale going on now and picked up the Ridgid BS1400 bandsaw.

I am through assembly so far, and am in the middle of aligning it. I am curious if anyone else has this saw, and if there are any recommendations you can offer on must have jigs or tips in general with this bandsaw.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 04:42 AM

Get Mark Dunginske’s book on bandsaws ‘The Bandsaw Handbook’. Very good book.

-- Sam

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 05:12 AM

congrats on the new saw

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 05:16 AM

The book Sam recommended is great for getting nice tips…also search on bandsaws in the blogs here…there is a lot of great info discussed in them. There is always two things I do immediately to any bandsaw…I change out the blade guides if they are plastic…get either the ceramic…or the ones from Carter Products that are solid bearings….the second thing is to get a good blade….woodslicer is nice (but I do a lot of resawing and shaving turning blanks)....because the blades that come with the saws stink…...I would also recommend wheel brushes…there are several nice and inexpensive ones shown in the blogs again…...the rest will take some time and rely on your personal preferences….if you don’t do a lot of resawing…there is a nice guide from Carter for making your blade more flexible…you can cut some amazing curves and turns with it…...

Anyway enough from me…Enjoy your new saw….Congrats..

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 07:04 AM

I have the older gray BS1400 and it is a good saw. The only upgrades I have made are the cool blocks (well worth it) and new blades. I only use the stock blade for operations that might ruin the blade (like cutting green lumber).
The saw isn’t powerful so don’t push the lumber through the saw.
It works well, mine has lasted me about 9 or 10 years so far and I use it a lot.

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