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Forum topic by paul1474 posted 11-25-2015 11:46 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2015 11:46 PM

I am having trouble getting my upper and lower bearings set properly. The top and bottom thrust bearings in particular. If I set the top correctly, then I can’t get the bottom bearing close enough to the back of the blade. If I set the bottom first then the top side bearings are to far out in front of blade. I am using a 3/16 blade. Anyone else experienced anything like this?


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 11:55 PM

Huh? The guides and thrust bearings should not be touching the blade at all… so setting one (top or bottom) should not change the position of the blade or effect the other guides/bearings at all. Something doesn’t sound right, either the way you are going about adjusting them, or your description of the problem.

Have you watched the obligatory band saw tune up video?

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The procedure for setting the guides and thrust bearings (you are aware that they are independent from each other, right?) is described in the manual.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 11-26-2015 01:55 AM

It is hard to set the side bearings far enough back with those 1/8-3/16 blades. I had the same problem with my 17” Grizzly and bought a Carter Stabilizer which solved the narrow blade problems. It was a little pricey but I have not regretted buying it.

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 06:44 PM

gf: did you have to have Carter build your guides? They don’t list guides for the Grizzly 17”G513X2. Thier site states they had to be designed and built?

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 06:50 PM

Are you sure the blade doesn’t have a kink in it that makes it wobble from front to back? If it does, that would make it much more difficult to get bearings set correctly.

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 10:10 PM

Deaner, I had to buy their adapter for the Stabilizer (grossly overpriced). Had I seen it first, I could have made my own for nothing like I did to use the Stabilizer on my little 14” Ridgid. I have the Grizzly guides on the 17” Grizz unless I’m using 1/8-3/16” blades.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-18-2016 05:53 PM

Thanks gf, I have a little 14 inch Jet that I’d like to put stabilizers on as well. I am only considering them for my 17” Griz because I just dropped down from my standard 3/8” blade to a 1/4” blade for this project and it’s putting a kink in my neck and arse to get the OEM guides set, lol.
Will be putting the 3/8” back on when I finish soon with the 1/4”- so I think I’l pass with buying the stabilizers…though I bet they’re awesome on the Griz with the narrower blades as you suggest. I am learning that the narrower blades feed a lot different and are more tedious to set the guides stretching one’s patience, especially when dinner is calling!

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-18-2016 10:24 PM

The Stabilizer is the simplest guide ever to set up. And blade changes are super quick. Look at the video on You Tube. It sold me!

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bbasiaga

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 12:16 AM

Silly question here. If the goal is to set the gullet of the blade on the center of the tire, and the side guides 1/16” behind the gullet, then wouldn’t it be true that you never had to set the side guides more than omce?

The gullet of both a 1/8” blade and a 3/4” blade should both be in the same spot. Right?

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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MrUnix

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 12:32 AM

Silly question here. If the goal is to set the gullet of the blade on the center of the tire, and the side guides 1/16” behind the gullet, then wouldn t it be true that you never had to set the side guides more than omce?

The gullet of both a 1/8” blade and a 3/4” blade should both be in the same spot. Right?
- bbasiaga

Watch the Snodgrass video again… where he says exactly that (at about 4min 50sec).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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bbasiaga

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#10 posted 02-19-2016 01:33 AM

Ok I thought so. gfadvm’’s post made me think I was misunderstanding something.

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MrUnix

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#11 posted 02-19-2016 02:33 AM

Don’t confuse the stock blade guides with the stabalizer – two completely different animals. That video shows how to setup both and what amazing things you can do with the stabalizer and small blades (the reindeer is an example).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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