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Forum topic by PocketHole69 posted 07-23-2010 04:51 PM 3058 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2010 04:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw adjustment

Hey, I just got my first bandsaw yesterday, a Jet 10” model, and spent an hour or so adjusting the guides and table per the manual. I made a few test cuts on scraps that I had laying around the garage, but I noticed that the cut is not very smooth compared to say, my table saw. It cuts straight and without problems, but the cut is “rough” with 1/32” teeth marks down the length of the cut. It’s not bad- a simple sanding on my drill press sanding drum will remove them, but its definitely not smooth.

Complete newbie question: Is this normal?

I’ve never owned a bandsaw before, so I have no idea what a “good” cut should look like from one. Do I need to do some more adjustment, or buy a better blade, or is this just how bandsaws cut?

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 04:55 PM

Sure sounds like a blade (and/or feed rate) issue.

May want to take a quick course in bandsaw blades:

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 04:59 PM

Hey Jason
It’s probably your blade oddly enough band saw blades with fewer teeth cut better ,try a blade with 3 teeth per inch.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-23-2010 05:04 PM

Ok, after using google image search looking for pieces of wood cut with a bandsaw my results look almost exactly like the image below:

Bandsaw cut

So I guess I have it tuned correctly? I just need a baseline image to know what a “good” bandsaw cut looks like so I know where to go from here.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 05:05 PM

Neil and Jim- Yeah, I am using the stock blade that came with the saw. I’ll have to upgrade it in the near future once my wife forgets how much I spent on the saw :)

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 05:21 PM

it’s called ‘stock blade syndrome’ – very common on all bandsaws.

give your bandsaw 1 tylanol every 4 hours, and a new quality blade, and it should clear out real well, real quick.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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