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Forum topic by Edwin posted 08-18-2011 01:28 AM 2147 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Edwin

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08-18-2011 01:28 AM

What Am I doing wrong??? Ive had to replace this part three times since I bought my bandsaw back in 2008 .
Let me expand a little. I bought a Rigid band saw. Model BS14002 and since and i has to replace the
(1 x Shaft/Hinge Upper Wheel) 3 times, $28.74 with shipping. Thats preety expensive …
Does any one have any ideas what I might be doing. I have been trying to cut some radiuses with it with no luck…
Any input thanks ED

-- Ed Port Republic


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lew

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 02:55 AM

I had to replace mine once- on a different brand. I think my problem was that I was not releasing the tension on the blade when the saw was not in use and also I think I was putting too much tension on the blade with the tensioner. On my saw, this part was made on “pot metal” so it isn’t very strong.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 03:08 AM

Where are you getting the part? I had the same issue, on the BS1400, grey one not the orange, I bent mine slabbin g out green white oak for drying 3/4 ” blade perhaps over tensioned. When I bought the replacment part from Ridgid parts the new one was almost twice the weight of the original part, there was obviously a design flaw in the original part, I wonder if you’ve got one of the old ones? You can the bent one on the left in the pic.

Notice the Taiwan stamp on the POS bent one

Good Luck if this helps any, I’ve never bent it again but I’ve paid alot more attention to tensioning, feed rate and pressure. Also I replaced the OEM spring with the Cobra Coil spring and have done all my resawing with a 1/2” 4 TPI blade.

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 03:39 PM

ChefDAN, Mine came from chinar… It didn’t bend it sheared off (broke) At the time I had a 1/2” blade on it…
I am coming to beleive that the tensioner markings are off (don’t beleive them) Instead go with the sound of a guitar string… But I’m not sure which note…
The part came from eRelacementParts.com Sandy UT

ED

-- Ed Port Republic

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Edwin

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 04:13 PM

Lew, It must be a design flaw on the BS14002. I don’t think the part should be made of pot metal (aka white metal or cast aluminum) I think that it should be made of steel like the shaft that it attaches to…
If I had to do it all over again I would’nt… I would have invested wiser… Don’t get wrong Ridid has some good stuff and also some——
I broke this thing three times, What am i doing wrong???
I did notice whe I would tighten the blade on the the scale or indicater it was hard to get it to the 1/2” on the scale…
ED

-- Ed Port Republic

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ChefHDAN

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 10:52 PM

GOOD GOD, Never trust the tensioner scale, learn to flutter tension, go here;
http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/six-rules-of-sawing/

If your using the scale that would be the best answer to your problem, I’ve never had a problem again with mine since the replacment and learning the flutter method

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 12:20 AM

I use a 1/2-inch blade in mine and have no problem tightening the tension to the 1/2-inch point on the scale. Nor have I had any failures. (Note that when I am not using the saw I back off the tension knob ten revolutions to take the stress off of the blade, the tires, and the mechanism.) If you are having problems there must be something wrong with the scale or scale indicator that is causing you to overtighten the blade. That would result in the problem you are repeatedly having.

Howard Ferstler

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lew

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 02:38 AM

Edwin,
I have also heard what ChefhDAN said- that the tension gauge on the saw is not accurate.

I replaced the tension spring in my saw with one that was supposed to be better and it really threw off the indicator. I now tension mine by”feel”. Snug plus about a quarter of a turn- completely ignoring the gauge.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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