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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 01-15-2011 04:00 AM 680 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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D_Allen

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01-15-2011 04:00 AM

I spent some time tuning up a new 10” 21400 bandsaw today and there is a slight noise that is noticable when I turn the wheels by hand. I don’t hear it without the blade on so I am wondering about the blade itself. Could it be that it is not perfectly even, like if you were to lay it on a flat surface with the teeth pointing up, it would not lay against the surface at all points. I don’t have a good surface to test this on and it is the stock blade, which has a reputation of being less than a quality blade.
The wheels are balanced and I have set them to be co-planer. Tracking is acceptable but no matter what I do it seems to move forward and back just a little on the wheels.
Your thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 04:02 AM

probably something with how it was welded together. Cheap blades are like that, a lot.

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 04:25 AM

I did notice that there is a slight twist right at the weld. It also has no set in the teeth for about 3” of the blade at the weld. Guess it is time to get more blades. Are the packaged ones at Sears any better than the one it came with?

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 06:24 PM

Probably not. you might get lucky though. I’ve gone through several ridgid blades because it’s convenient to go right down the street, and most are like this.

I’m sure people can chime in on the good ones, like Timberwolf for one, and I’m sure there’s others…

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 07:18 AM

Is this the Craftsman 10” bs? I have that and my tracking is slightly off. If you accept the limitations of the saw it is a handy shop addition. But I would always recommend getting a 14” saw. There’s way more I can’t do with this saw than I can do.

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