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Forum topic by WillInTheMill posted 09-14-2009 04:00 PM 1018 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WillInTheMill

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09-14-2009 04:00 PM

Hi everyone! I’m new to this forum and pretty new to woodworking. I got a steal on some power tools on Craig’s List, including a Craftsman 12” band saw. The only problem is, the tilting assembly doesn’t seem to want to go all the way to 90 degrees. It’s probably at 88 or 89 degrees, so it’s close, but when I stick a square up to the blade, I can tell it’s off. My cuts on a six-inch piece are slightly angled, though it’s not noticeable on a shorter piece. There’s an adjustment set screw, but I have it backed out all the way. Any ideas? Should I somehow shim the table? Dump the saw and save up for a better one? :)

It also cuts really slow on a 6-inch block of wood, but I assume I just need to buy new blades.

-- Will, Tampa, FL


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 04:06 PM

redsawing 6” boards on a 12” bandsaw is really pushing it – doable, but as you notice it WILL cut slow, a newer/better blade will speed it up, but you’ll always be running at the limits of the saw.

you can’t really shim a bandsaw blade. do you have the manual for the saw? there is usually a set screw to help bring the table back to 90 (a stop) – maybe that one is not set properly?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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WillInTheMill

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 04:12 PM

Yeah, fortunately it came with a yellowed manual. :) I was following that to the letter, but I have it adjusted as far as it will go and it’s not quite right.

Good to know about the blades. Thanks, PurpLev!

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 04:19 PM

can you replace that stop screw with a different one? take it off ? see if the table will tilt any more?

PS- what model is your bandsaw? do you have a pic of the problematic screw?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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WillInTheMill

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 05:37 PM

I knew I’d have to figure out how to post pictures eventually. :) I’m heading out for the day with my bride but will document the problem more thoroughly ASAP.

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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treeman

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 05:43 PM

I would find out where the table is bottoming out when you try to set it at 90 degrees. There is usually a stop and adjustment screw to set this. If the stop or adjustment screw is bottomed out and you are still not at 90, I would file off a small amount of metal on the stop or bottom of the table until I could get to 90.

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scrappy

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 08:44 AM

If it is the same band saw as mine, I had to remove the screw and grind a little off it. It was too long and bottomed out before in went in far enough to get to 90 deg.

Took about 5 min and is set perfect now.

Also, As long as you have a SHARP blade and a good one (3/4 3tpi) You can resaw to 6 inch as long as you let the saw do the work. DO NOT RUSH! Make sure your guides are also alliagned properly.

You can go to sears.com and service/part and find a manual for your saw by part#

Hope this helps.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Karson

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 06:05 AM

It seems that youve been given some great information. There is a stop that is sued to stop the table top when you want to reset it to 90 deg. It sounds like it is set in the wring place.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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