|Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel||posted 02-02-2010 10:39 PM||920 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
02-02-2010 10:39 PM
I recently purchased a new Timberwolf 1/2” blade for my 14” bandsaw. While installing the blade and adjusting the guides to this new blade, I noticed that every time the back edge of the blade near the brazing would rotate past the rear bearing the blade would rub rather hard against the back bearing. I needed to use the blade so I backed the bearing off a significant amount more than I normally would and resawed the few pieces that I needed. While resawing, you could hear the “hump” in the blade each time it passed through the blade guides. The blade did seem to drift from side to side a bit more than the Timberwolf blades I have used prior to this issue.
So today during lunch I took the blade off the saw and layed it tooth-side up on a flat table and sure enough, on either side of the brazed area, the back edge of the blade was not making contact with the table. I measured the gap with my scale and it is a gap of about 1/32” both to the left and right of the braze.
My question to everyone here: is this “abnormal” for a higher quality blade like a Timberwolf? Even though the blade does not cost much, I am considering taking pictures and sending it back to the company to make them aware of the issue. However I wanted to get the opinion of some folks that have more experience with bandsaws than I do.
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