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Forum topic by Jeff82780 posted 03-13-2011 08:12 PM 2769 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff82780

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03-13-2011 08:12 PM

Just purchased my first band saw. The ridgid BS14002. HD had this on clearance by my house for $270. Seemed too good to pass up since it was the lst one in a sealed package. I assembled it yesterday and put a link belt on it. Today decided to test it out. Note this is the first time I have ever used the band saw so I’m hoping all of the problems are easily corrected. First off the first thing I noiced was a lot of vibration. I thought the link belt would help this out, but obviously not. Most of the vibration was all coming from where the motor is mounted. I did put rubber grommets underneath the motor, but this didnt do much. Second, i noticed that when I tried to resaw a 2×4 the blade was making a screeching sound and the blade didnt cut throught it that easily. Is this because I am using a factory blade. I know on most table saws, factory blades are mostly garbage. Is the same true for bandsaws? If so, what do you guys reccomend I buy? So I guess thats about it for now. If anyone has any good advice and input, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-JEFF


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 08:27 PM

Google Band Saw Tune-up and start from there. You will need a lot of patience getting this saw to run correctly but it can be done with a little time and some expense.

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 08:46 PM

Buy a good blade for a start. You shouldn’t be hearing a bunch of racket,just a steady humming.
Take the book and go thru step by step and “tune” your saw. Takes a little while but once you do it and get it right you will be pleased.
Buy a timberwolf or a wood slicer blade. Well worth the investment.
Once set up this saw should eat a 2×4 easily.

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 09:30 PM

ITs possible the the blade got inverted and the teeth are not pointing the correct direction. For the vibration stiffen things up as much as possible and make sure nothing is hitting anything as it moves.

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 10:30 PM

Good point Pat.

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 12:56 AM

I will second Howie’s comment. The stock blades that come with bandsaws are poor quality at best. As Howie mentioned do yourself a favor and put a Timberwolf or Woodslicer blade on your saw and it will markedly improve its performance.

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 02:25 AM

Jeff,

I have the same saw. I was able to get much of the vibration out by attached the saw and the motor to the stand with a 3/4 MDF. Even with a link belt I still have a little more vibration than I want, but securing the saw to the stand better really helped. See photo:

Also, the stock blade isn’t that great. I have a woodslicer (from Highland) and it works well.

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 05:32 AM

As others have said get a quality blade. Timberline from Suffuck Machinery, Highland Hardware and Caters all are good. Get Mark Duginske’s book on bandsaws I found it very helpful. Also as other have said get or make a stiffer and heavier stand.
HTH,
Mark

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 01:12 PM

Thanks for all of the advice. I guess my next step wiill be buying a top notched blade. and lay some MDF down to make the stand more sturdier. How thick should the blade be?
Thanks!

-Jeff

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 02:03 PM

Vibration can also be cause by the wheels being out of balance or out of round, and is worth checking. If it’s not something you can fix or adjust yourself, you may need to pursue warranty replacement of one or both wheels.

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Jeff82780

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 07:42 PM

Its the motor that is vibrating real bad, I think that’s the reason everything else is vibrating. I also just read somewhere that adding clip on weights to the wheels will help tremendously, but they didnt explain how its done. Does anyone have an idea how this works or have a link? Thanks

-Jeff

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mchuray

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 02:59 AM

I think I’d call the warrenty number and see what the folks at Ridgid say. I also would take off the pulley and see if it is causing problems. If the motor is the problem they should replace it. The newest issue of of “Wood” magazine has an article on adjusting bandsaws and has something on adding weight to wheels.
Mark

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#12 posted 03-15-2011 04:25 AM

For balancing the wheels disconnect everything blade, belt ect so that the wheels spin freely when you give them a spin. Wait for the wheel to stop, mark the bottom with a sharpie, do this again and if the same spot is at the bottom then this is your heavy point, ad a weight 180 degrees away in small increments. Balanceing something that has a greater diameter than width is pretty easy to do statically like this. Its when the width exeedes the diameter and you must do a dynamic balance that you cant do yourself.

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#13 posted 03-15-2011 07:32 AM

Good advice so far. I’ll add that I used lead tape to balance my wheels. Most golf shops have it in-stock. Pretty cheap and can be cut as small or large as needed.

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