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Forum topic by StanM posted 08-15-2010 09:06 PM 1295 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2010 09:06 PM

I was just recently given a band saw. This is the first band saw that I have owned and am fairly unfamiliar with them so far. It is a Brico 10” saw and I have a 1/8th inch blade on it at the moment. I was trying to cut through 2” pine and find that the blade is stalling frequently when trying to turn corners. I wouldn’t think that I was attempting to turn too sharply. The motor is only 1/5 HP and I believe this may be the reason for the stall? Any thoughts on this? Stalling? Dull blade? Or am I missing something else?

-- -- Stan

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 09:52 PM

May be a dull blade that is contributing to the problem.

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 10:19 PM

I agree, a new quality blade might just solve your problem. One other thing is that you may be trying to push the stock through the blade too quickly. With a small motored BS like that most of you cuts will be on the slow side, even with pine.

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 10:53 PM

You should definitely try a new, high quality, blade. Opinions will vary on this board, but I like Timber Wolfe blades. I’m 95% certain you could get one that fits your saw.

Also, if you objective is to cut tight curves, the Carter Stabilizer is great but I don’t know if they make one that would fit your saw.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 11:57 PM

Thanks! I was able to make it out to the store here just before it closed. I’ll try a new blade tonight and see how it goes. I didn’t have any selection as to brand where I went, but it is still a new blade nonetheless!

-- -- Stan

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 03:32 AM

Thanks to all. It was the blade afterall. I just installed the new one and it’s like a new machine! No more stalling at all.

-- -- Stan

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 03:49 AM

Another tip to help your bandsaw cut a tighter radius with less effort is to take a sharpening stone and slightly “round off” the back edges of the blade as it is running. Due to a certain amount of sparks that this will generate, do not have it connected to a shop vac or dust collector while doing this.

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