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Forum topic by RJS posted 10-26-2010 04:24 AM 1408 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2010 04:24 AM

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Ok, so I went the REALLY cheap route and found an old bandsaw that belonged to my grandpa, but did not cut without the band coming off the rollers. I spent a couple of days figuring out how it worked, had to re-cut the plastic guides, make a couple of parts that were missing, but I FINALLY got it to cut without the blade jumping off track. Now the only problem that I cannot figure out is the blade drifts to the left as I cut. I have absolutely no idea about bandsaws. This is an old skil model 3104 10” bandsaw, also sold as a craftsman model 2442. I can not find any manuals available on the internet. Do I need a new blade? It could possibly have the wrong blade in it, my Grandpa had Althizmers, so many of his old tools have been incorrectly modified, to say the least. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much to all of the lumberjocks that have given me advise in the past to help me get started.

-- RJ

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 04:41 AM

First things first make sure that the wheels are in line and vertical. I know this sounds silly but just a little out of vertical and it will cause all kinds of trouble. Next I would make sure the blade is in the center of both wheels. After that point you need to check to make sure you have proper tension in your blade. Good Luck.

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 04:44 AM

Are the tires (if any are required) on the wheels in good shape? How old is the blade?

-- Glen Making sawdust in Alamo, CA

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 05:47 AM

KLorts – The Tensioner wheel and the idler wheel can be lined up almost perfectly, the blade runs in the same spot on both wheels, however, the drive wheel – the blade runs at the “front” of the wheel. It looks like it work better if the blade ran further back. I switched the “tire” on the drive pulley thinking that maybe it was worn on one side, that did not do any good.
Glen Simpson – The tires seem to be in good shape, nothing worn too bad. I have no earthly idea how old the blade is. Do You think that it is worth the money to buy a new blade, or should I try to sell the saw and save for a better one?

-- RJ

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 06:27 AM

For sure I would get a new blade! No telling how old the one you have is and it is probably dull, and dull blades don’t cut straight or it could be the blade is “bent or stretched out of alignment” and that could cause the blade to come off the wheel.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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