How to adjust the blade on a Delta 28-180 band saw

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Forum topic by WalkerTexasRanger posted 06-27-2015 02:30 AM 1211 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2015 02:30 AM

I have a Delta 28-180 benchtop band saw with a new 1/4” blade. As soon as I start cutting a piece of wood, the blade veers off to the inside (left). I cannot cut a straight line even using a fence. I have made all of the adjustments to the upper and lower pins that “push” against the blade; but, I cannot figure out the problem. The blade is sitting in the middle of the upper and lower wheels so I don’t think it is a tracking issue. I am wondering since the cut is always veering to the left/inside, should that tell me something? Is a wheel warped? Is a tire worn out? Am I not tightening the blade enough? Is it too tight? Any ideas or advice would be appreciated. Thanks WTR

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 06:51 AM

The blade is dull on one side. If it’s not too extreme you can adjust for “drift” by angling the fence, or using a rounded “resaw fence” or cutting freehand.

When you set the side guides, make sure you stay behind the gullets (the spaces between teeth) so you don’t contact the teeth.

I predict that a new blade will make all the difference.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 01:05 PM

I wish that would do it; but, I put a new 1/4” blade on yesterday. Same result. WTR

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 01:32 PM

Change blade brands. Most blades are stamped and the set may be less on one side than the other.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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