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Forum topic by unclearthur posted 01-27-2017 07:51 AM 439 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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unclearthur

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01-27-2017 07:51 AM

Hi all, a question for you:

I have a 14” bandsaw, about 15 years old (Delta 28-247C). I noticed recently that the table is not square to the blade in the plane parallel to the blade (picture below), the top of the blade is slightly closer to the front of the bandsaw than the bottom. The blade seems to track OK on the wheels.

All the adjustments under the table seem to affect only the other direction (the direction the table tilts). The blade is square to the table in that direction.

The saw took a tumble when I moved a couple of months ago ….. possibly the source of the problem.

Any thoughts – is this a problem or don’t worry about it? If its a problem ….... how to fix?

Thanks for any responses.

Also …... how thick of hardwood do you think it is practical to resaw on this 3/4 hp bandsaw?


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Danpaddles

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 08:58 AM

I can’t speak to the angle thing, I’ll check mine tomorrow. As to how thick you can rip- with the right blade, the height of the guide is your limit. You may need to feed slower then someone with a big honking saw, but you can slice whatever will fit. I’ve run 11 inch wide red oak, although I had some trouble keeping everything lined up, the saw just keeps chugging along.

I am not a fan of the steel blade guides, yours look to be original equipment. I like using micarta blocks. I suspect I’d REALLY like the carter guides, but I am too cheap to pop for those.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 12:23 PM

I probably wouldn’t worry about that, but I think you can shim under the front trunnions to get the front of the table higher.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 01-27-2017 01:22 PM

Open the wheel covers and take a yardstick or straightedge and put it against the two wheels – are the parallel to each other? If the top wheel is set very far back from the bottom one maybe you bent the riser. If that’s okay then just undo the bolts in front and put a washer or two as suggested above. If you can’t do that and the blade tracks fine and the machine cuts without binding you’re probably okay.

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unclearthur

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 04:33 AM

I ended up placing a few washers under the rear trunnions as suggested and it squared up no problem. Thanks for the advice!

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 01:13 PM

What Fred and the last poster said.

I had to do that on my little machine.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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