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Forum topic by Mario Romero posted 01-04-2011 06:07 AM 1354 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mario Romero

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01-04-2011 06:07 AM

I am fairly new to the art of wood working to say the least and I would really appreciate any advice in using the band saw! I can not follow a line to save my life! And when it comes down to tight turns, it seems that my saw wants to stall even with my 1/4 blade!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!

-- You will never be a failure, till you stop trying!

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 06:21 AM

Try slowing down your speed and let the blade do the work.
Try clamping a board to your table for a fence if you don’t have a fence for your saw.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 07:09 AM

Do some YouTube searching/watching as well as searching on here for bandsaw techniques.
There is a ton of info out there and a lot depends on the machine you have, the blade type and how she is set up.
Cheers :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 08:48 AM

If you cannot follow a line, your blade may be dull on one side more than the other. in that case, put on a new blade. Also check to see that the side guides on the top and the bottom are touching the blade and actually guiding it. The best thing to do is to back off all the guides and let the blade be free to run free from the top to the bottom and then move each guide up to the blade and just touch it but not move it out of alignment from top to bottom. This will insure that the guides are not forcing the blade out of alignment.

For turns, there is a minimum radius that you can safely cut with a given width blade. You can probably find a chart on a Google search .lf you try to make too sharp of a turn, you can derail the blade or stall out a low powered saw

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 05:19 PM


I’m going to send you a pm because I can attach a pdf to it9 I think I can) that will explain exactly what to do, but first, let me add some encouragement. I bought my first bandsaw about 3 years ago (Harbor Freight 14” (no screaming or foul language allowed, campers. I LIKE IT) and had many of the problems I bet you’re having now. I read this article, went to the shop, did what he said, and now my saw does anything I want. I resawed a piece of yeallowheart so thin that light shines through it and it was even!

If the pdf doesn’t get through, go to This is by Michael Fortune, one of the world’s great artists and furniture makers, whose weapon of choice is the band saw. He is the master. Read, do, and love it.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 03:32 AM

they all need tuning as said above I frequently check that the bearing guides are set up properly and guide blocks are just touching the blade. My saw also binds on tight turns, but with use you will know what it can do and most important dont push the saw let it do the work, and always use good quality sharp blades.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 07:33 AM

Thanks for all the tips and tricks fellas. I seen a few videos on how to set up a band saw and I was way off! Thanks a good link to a video, I think I actually may have a chance! When I changed blades the last time, I completely forgot to readjust all the guides! That’s why I was straining the motor! Once I changed blades and tightened down the guides, it felt like a completely diferrent saw! I hope with a lot of practice and patience, I can at least not dread using it! Well thanks again guys and I’m so glad I found this site!!

-- You will never be a failure, till you stop trying!

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