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Forum topic by Blakep posted 02-21-2011 10:15 PM 1021 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2011 10:15 PM

Ok guys my new Grizzly 14” Extreme series came in last week. I started setting it up Saturday morning about 7:00am. At 5:00pm saturday night it was still not right. After working with it for hours and getting frustrated, I finally figured out that the top wheel was out alignment with the bottom wheel after I added the riser block. I picked up some shim washers yesterday and hope to fix this issue tonight. I would get it all set up like I thought was right but the blade kept drifting in and out on the bearing guides. I think the top wheel will help with this and I really don’t know if I had the right tension on the blade or not. The manual said to adjust it by watching for flutter and I never could figure it out. I have sence read to forget flutter and adjust by measuring how far the blade will move by pushing it with your finger. I think and hope that the wheel alignment and blade tensioning will fix all of my problems. I’m not saying I don’t like the bandsaw because it seems to be very well made. It is just my first time messing with a bandsaw and I have to admitt, at one point I was saying to myself why did I waste my money on a bandsaw. Hopefully things will go better tonight and I can give a full review of the bandsaw in a few weeks after I get it running smoothly.

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 10:21 PM

I just got my mitts on a grizzly bandsaw myself, a discontinued G1019, thats got the same kind of issue. Blade seems to walk a little on mine too. I kept playing with the tension and the angle of the top wheel .. eventually i got it goin right and now im not touchin the settings. I also had a little rubbing going on between the top cover and the upper wheel, a few washers set that straight.

I think its going to take some time to figure but using the bandsaw for the first time yesterday i cant imagine breaking out the jig saw ever again.

Good luck and stick with it

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 10:28 PM

Hang in there Blake. When you finally do get your saw dialed in, you will love it. Maybe you should give tech support a call. They will be glad to help you out. Most Grizzly tools come “ready to go” out of the box, but some tools will need a little fine tuning. Help from LJs and other forums are a good starting place to help you, but just remember that just because you saw it on the net, it doesn’t mean it’s right (I think I saw that on a LJ thread the other day). That’s why I recommend Grizzly Tech Support. Good luck. You’ll love that saw when you get it going.
- JJ

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 10:33 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. Juniorjock I think it may have been dialed in out of the box but I think when I added the riser block is when it threw it off a bit. I’m going to try the blade tension like Highland woodworking recomended with the pamplet they sent with the wood slicer blade. That is where I saw to tension it by seeing how far it will move and not by flutter. I hope I get it all working out tonight and am praising this saw come tomorrow.

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