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03-20-2010 05:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: american bandsaw wbs-14 14

Hello all,
I was wondering if anyone may be give me some answers to an issue I am having with my band saw. I have a 14” band saw made by American, model#WBS-14. I acquired this saw with a table saw and joiner and other equipment I bought. The band saw needed the brackets for the table replaced which I bought from jet and they fit perfectly.

My question is could the belt being worn cause the blade to burn the wood? Everything is set properly, blade tracks straight, adjusted bearings and the blocks with a dollar bill. The saw cuts fine but the belt seems to be jumping and looks like it may need to be changed. I tightened the motor brackets they had the nuts missing, made a bit better. Would the blade being dull cause this also?

I was thinking of buying a new blade and belt and go from there.


-- mrg

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 06:49 AM

If you’re sure your belt is pretty tight and not really slipping then I would say you need a new blade. How old/used is the one you’ve got on there? If it’s really used then that would make a big difference. Also it would depend on how thick the wood is and what size blade and tpi your using on that wood.

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 07:01 AM

Is the blade inside out by any chance? I saw it happen.

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 07:05 AM

Make sure your saw has enough tension on the blade. Your tension spring may need replacement/upgrading. Just search the LumberJocks site for bandsaw tension, and you’ll find some discussions on how to remedy your burning problem.

Also, look into the Power Twist link belts. They are more expensive, but many claim that they create less vibration and better belt tension…

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 07:37 AM

There really is no reason for a slipping belt to cause burning at the wood which is actually the blade moving faster than it can cut. Bandsaw blades are very sensitive to wear so I usualy start with a fresh blade when having issues with my bandsaws.
Also, like an earlier response, make sure that the blade is installed right. I have seen this happen more often than you might expect. The teeth should be pointed down. If the blade was installed wrong chances are that the teeth are now “rolled over” from trying to cut with it but you can give it a try. It should work way better than in the reversed configuratoin but chances are that you will still need a new blade.

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#5 posted 03-20-2010 02:29 PM

I agree with everyone. I would try changing the blade…sounds like it might be dull. Also check the tension.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 08:45 PM

Hello everyone,
Thanks for replying so quickly. I changed the blade and the belt. This seems to have fixed it.
The reason I changed the belt was that it was jumping and was dry and had a couple of areas that ride on the pulleys that were raised. Made a couple of test cuts after adjusting everything and all is good.


-- mrg

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#7 posted 07-09-2012 03:21 PM

mrg, Check out this web page for through bandsaw setup

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#8 posted 07-09-2012 06:21 PM

Good for you, mrg! You have fixed the problem with your saw! This forum is a good source for information. You might need more information about band saws, read blogs at

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#9 posted 07-09-2012 07:58 PM

@Surfside another example of blatent shilling for and its feeder sites…

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 04:03 AM

Who keeps posting to these 3 year old threads putting them on top of the fold? this is the third or forth one i’ve read tonight.

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