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Forum topic by MOJOE posted 06-29-2010 01:52 AM 1040 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MOJOE

547 posts in 1990 days


06-29-2010 01:52 AM

Hey Folks,
Picked up a JET 14-inch bandsaw last week and have been making a little dust here and there. My questions are these:
1- how close to the back of the blade should the thrust bearing be?

2- how hard/fast is too hard/fast to feed material (anything rules of thumb or sounds to listen for)

3- how bad is the factory blade (3/8)....I’ve read they aren’t too good, but this one seems to burn more than it cuts

4- how do I know if the blade is tensioned properly

Sorry for this, I’ve read a bit, and searched on here, but I am just a little unsure.

Joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!


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kckevin

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 02:19 AM

Carter offers an excellent DVD on Bandsaw tune-up that should answer alot of your questions. Also try The Bandsaw Book by I believe Lonnie Bird. Scrap the factory blade and pick up a Timber Wolf Blade. You’ll notice all kinds of difference.

-- KCkevin

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dichdoc

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 03:26 AM

I found this video from TWW very helpful
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/bandsaw-setup-tuneup/

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MOJOE

547 posts in 1990 days


#3 posted 06-29-2010 04:19 AM

Thanks guys, and Kevin, I will look for “The Bandsaw Book”

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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Karson

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 04:29 AM

No burn, Burn the blade. The bearing should be close enough so that when you feed the wood the blade should touch the thrust bearing. But, when there is no wood and the blade is spinning the bearing shouldn’t touch.

It the wood / blade seems to beout of control then it might be too fast. But the finner the blade the slower the feed, The coarser the blade the faster it can take a feet.

Have fun I consider my bandsaw to be my most favorite tool. I use it for a lot of things.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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DannyBoy

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 04:51 AM

1. use a dollar to set the distance
2. feed so that you don’t get a lot of movement out of the blade
3. throw it in the scrap metal pile and buy a good blade (not from Lowes or HD or Sears)
4. two options: learn to hear it (very difficult); or buy a tension gauge.

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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MOJOE

547 posts in 1990 days


#6 posted 06-29-2010 12:02 PM

thanks

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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