Band saw blad tracking

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Forum topic by Partridge posted 01-18-2010 07:19 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2010 07:19 AM

Not having major problems. my Q is were does blades need to track on wheel. I am running the gullets of the blade in the center of the wheel on top, but it is not in same place on bottom. every where I look for answers i get just that the blade should run in center of wheel .

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 08:16 AM

Center of the blade centered on the wheel is the way I have always set mine.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 08:45 AM

I try to run the center of the blade on the center of the wheel, but I’m not saying that is the only way. If you were running a blade made for cutting wet wood with teeth that were offset a lot, I’m guessing you might want to run it with the blade forward more on the wheels so the teeth wouldn’t contact the wheel so much but I could be wrong. If your blade isn’t tracking the same on the top and bottom wheel, then the wheels are most likely not coplaner. Ensure that the guide bushings or bearings aren’t touching the blade so you can eliminate the possibility that they are affecting the tracking of the blade, then check and see if you need to move one of the wheels in or out.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 11:08 AM

As a general rule, you want the blade to track in the center of the top wheel. Co-planer alignment between the top and bottom wheels is nothing to worry about unless one wheel is in another room. Michael Fortune did an article on bandsaw setup in Fine Woodworking a few years ago. Just search their for Fortune on bandsaw setup. It changed my life==so simple. If you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll send you a pdf copy.

Hope this helps,
Steve Taulbee, Berea, Ky.

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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