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Forum topic by tchara posted 05-24-2016 09:36 PM 276 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tchara

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05-24-2016 09:36 PM

Tonight I was cutting some trim pieces at 30 degrees, and when I finished I reset the table back to 90 degrees with the blade, when I noticed that the edge of my square wasn’t lining up with the blade vertically. Is this normal, and does it really matter? Anyone else with a craftsmen 14” band saw, that can tell me how to adjust it? The saw seems to cut just fine. I haven’t noticed any flaws in the cuts I’m making.


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#1 posted 05-24-2016 10:04 PM

It’s a little hard to see from your photo, but it looks as if the blade is out of square fore-aft, and “leaning into” the cut- that is, the top of the blade is a little closer to the front of the table than the bottom (where it enters the table). I assume the blade is square in the left-right plane, and that it makes square cuts.

It could be that the top and bottom wheels are not coplanar, with the top wheel farther forward. Or, the blade can be tracking toward the forward edge of the top wheel. The easiest fix is to adjust the tracking farther back on the wheel. Add washers as needed to make the wheels coplanar. Puttins shims under the rear trunnion attachments to the table will lift the back of the table, to make it square with the blade.

Out of square fore-aft shouldn’t have any effect with through cuts, but it can be a problem if you want to make accurate stop cuts, such as cutting tenons.

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#2 posted 05-24-2016 10:06 PM

Obligatory band saw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

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

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tchara

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 03:34 AM

Hey guys.
I found my own answer. I’m gonna post it in case someone else with a SC band saw has the same issue.
Where the trunion mounts to the band saw, there are four mounting bolts. Right beside each of the bolts is a set screw, that allows you to adjust the vertical alignment of the table.

Now the vertical part of the blade is aligned with the table. If you compare the pic I originally posted with the following pic, you will see the difference.

Thanks guys for the replies. Guess I should have investigated further before posting.

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