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Forum topic by Mark posted 10-05-2009 02:44 AM 1781 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2009 02:44 AM

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My dad gave me his old 9” ryobi bandsaw and I can see why…the blade keeps falling off at random points and it wont cut a strait line it cuts one big angle…i alined the wheel and the blade stays on track with the wheel but its where the cutting point is where i cant figure it out…it wont stop cutting at an angle…help me out before i hand it down to the next guy!!!

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 02:48 AM

Start with a new blade, sounds like yours is stretched. Tune and align the blade. wheels and guides and the little Ryobis cut very good.

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 02:51 AM

it might be what they call drift. a wider blade won’t do it as bad. someone here might be able to tell you how to set the fence for the drift angle. it will change with each blade.

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 03:33 AM

I have the same problem with my 9” unable to do anything with it,I will do the same as your dad give it away.

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 03:37 AM

i barely use it but its just the fact i want it up and running again…as of right now anytime i need a cut done from the bandsaw i take it to my scroll saw

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 10-05-2009 04:19 AM

Pretty much all bandsaws have drift. If you are using a fence, you can easily adjust for it. If you’re free-handing it, your best bet is just getting used to it, but I guess if it’s a really bad saw that might not be possible. Adjusting the fence may take a couple tries the first time, and you have to be able to cut a reasonably straight line freehand.

Grab a board that’s at least 10” long and a few inches wide, draw a line down the middle that’s parallel to one side, getting that accurate is important. Saw freehand half way into the board along the line and then stop. Shut off your saw and don’t move the board. Clamp the board down if you can, and align your fence to the edge of the board. And like timcosby says above, if you change the blade, the drift will change, so you will need to realign it again.

I just got a bandsaw a few weeks ago and it’s been a learning experience, sometimes frustrating. There are a lot more things to adjust than any of my other tools. Even with a good, new bandsaw I had to spend a lot of time tinkering to get it cutting straight and accurately.

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#6 posted 10-05-2009 05:20 AM

For all general cutting, I only cut free hand. I use a pointed block as a resaw fence, only to aid in staying straight vertically.

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#7 posted 10-05-2009 05:52 PM

I second Papadan’s advice … an awful lot of band-saw problems can be resolved with a new blade and re-saw guide block.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 05:56 PM

Mark – I had a Ryobi BS900 for a 3 or 4 years, and while it had it’s limitations, it did do a decent job within it’s capacity. A new blade worked wonders vs the stock blade. I’m not typically a Vermont American fan, but the VA 3/8” bandsaw blade did pretty well on the Ryobi. Make sure the blade guides are adjusted well, and as others have mentioned, some sort of a guide fence helps too.

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