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Forum topic by Gene Labbe posted 09-24-2010 06:07 PM 1038 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Labbe

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09-24-2010 06:07 PM

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Hello All,

I’m considering purchasing a riser block for my 14” Jet band saw prior investing heavily in new blades. I’d like to know if anyone has experienced any negative effects to this mod. I guess I have it my mind that the increased length of the upper guide post will somehow adversely affect the saws accuracy when doing finer scroll or joinery work. I have a feeling this will turn out to be a non-issue, but I just thought I’d ask.

Thanks in advance,

-- Gene, Tuscaloosa, AL

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 06:45 PM

Not a problem as long as you upgrade the tension spring as well. At least on my HF band saw, the OEM spring just wouldn’t tension my blade. I upgraded to a Carter Cobra Coil, and Cool Blocks… It is as accurate as I expect ANY band saw to be…

I haven’t done any ultra fine stuff like fretwork, but I HAVE done plenty of tight curves for things like kick panels etc… I still get excellent results. It’s all in using good blades, and tuning the saw right…

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 07:12 PM

I have a Jet 14 inch with the riser. I have had no problems at all. In fact I think it was the best thing I did to the saw. You just have to make sure you tune it right after you install, and thats not any different than doing the initial set-up when you first got the saw (at least in my opinion). Good luck and enjoy.

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 10:02 PM

I had the same setup as dbhost. When I first upgraded, it could not tension the blade well with the stock spring. The blade still doesn’t track as well as before the upgrade but I need to give it a chance before I make any drastic decisions to take it out or anything. Still, the extra cutting height is nice but honestly, I have not cut anything that needed it.

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 01:47 AM

Thanks for the replies and the heads up on the tension spring! I’ll be sure to swap that out as well.

-- Gene, Tuscaloosa, AL

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