|Forum topic by xeddog||posted 08-17-2016 07:54 PM||765 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-17-2016 07:54 PM
I mostly use my bandsaw for cutting dried lumber, but sometimes I use it to prepare turning blanks from green wood. It is this use that gets my goat. The saw is equipped with bearing guides, but a much cheaper imitation of Carters that use only a single bearing on each side.
I had to take down a small peach tree that had a trunk maybe 5” in diameter. I thought I’d cut a few pieces for handles and whatnot, but after cutting just a couple of pieces, the bandsaw’s blade and bearings were coated in gunk. Sap/resin/sawdust that was stuck tenaciously to the blade and bearing surfaces. So naturally, the saw was making a racket so loud that hell itself would be proud. This happens every time I use the saw to cut green wood, so I’m guessing it is a common problem.
The one thing I do that helps a little (very little) is to take an old crap chisel or some metal that has a crisp edge, and while the saw is running use it to scrape the blade behind the teeth. But that doesn’t clean the gunk off of the bearings or the teeth of the blade and it probably doesn’t do the blade any favors either, and even at that it doesn’t get it all off. So the only choice I have left is to remove the blade, dismantle the guides to get the bearings off, and give the blade a good cleaning with blade cleaner. Then take a scraper of some sort to get most of the gunk off of the bearings, and finish off by using some 320 grit sandpaper to make sure they are clean.
So the question is, If you have bearing guides on your saw, what do you do to reduce this accumulation? Would oiling the blade help, or waxing it, or ? Same for