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Forum topic by Blair Helgason posted 02-07-2010 04:16 AM 1885 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blair Helgason

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02-07-2010 04:16 AM

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Hi Everyone,

If you saw my last forum post you’ll know that I just bought my first bandsaw, a 14” Delta. It’s in great shape and I’m really happy with it. Although I’ve had a fair bit of experience working on a bandsaw, I’ve never actually owned one and been responsible for it’s maintenance. So I put together a few questions for all of you bandsaw experts out there (please excuse the vocabulary):

• How can you adjust the alignment of the upper and lower wheels? (In my case the upper wheel seems to be tilted back slightly and is not co-planar to the lower wheel)

• How close should the guide blocks and back wheel be to the blade, generally?

• Is there a “Rule of Thumb” for how much tension should be on the blade?

• This would be specific to the Delta – There seems to be a fair bit of flex to the top surface of the base cabinet and where it is bolted, is this something to worry about? It does cause a fair bit of vibration on start-up.

Thank you all very much in advance for the help. I realize that I could probably search around on my own and find all of these answers but I figure this would be much better, and yes… easier. Thanks

-- Blair

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Blair Helgason

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 04:44 AM

Hi again everyone,

I figured while I was at the computer I’d check out the Wood Whisperer site because I remembered Marc having a bandsaw set-up video a while back. Indeed he did and it answered a good portion of my questions. I hope I didn’t waste and one’s time with my laziness but I think I have a good handle on blade tensioning and guide distance. Any info of the other questions I had would still be appreciated. Thanks again!

-- Blair

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 05:40 AM

Hey Blair there’s this thing called a manual . I always try to aviod them too.

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 06:26 AM

Search for Fine Woodworking Nov-Dec 2004.
Great article on everything else you were asking about.

I have the article on pdf. Send me a PM


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 07:06 AM

Thanks for the tip Jim, I actually got it used and there was no manual. I guess I could look for one online if I really get in trouble.

That’s sounds good Lee, I’d like to see that article. What did you mean by “Send me a PM”

-- Blair

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 10:19 PM

Hi Blair,
You should be able to find the manual on the Intenet with a simple google search. I’ve come upon a few used machines in the past several months and found all of the manuals rather quickly, including ones for a 1940 Delta Drill Press and a 1981 PM 66. There’s also a good book about maintaining shop machines called “The Care and Repair of Shop Machines” by John White. It answers the types of questions you ask for all of the major woodworking machines. Good Luck.

-- Glen

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 10:43 PM

Hi Blair

I have been going thru the same learning curve. I got some great matierial from the library and I watched a few blogs and tutorials on the internet.

I got some good info out of Mastering your bandsaw with Mark Dugiaske ( thats a DVD) and I liked The Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird and The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw by Mark Duginske. All these from the library.

Also if you do a search on this site you will come up with some good information.

Good luck

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 11:19 PM

Thanks so much guys, I knew this was the best place to start!

-- Blair

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