Band Saw insert sits too low

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Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 09-19-2011 12:16 AM 1314 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2011 12:16 AM

The insert on my new Delta band saw sits too low. This causes the workpiece to catch when cutting. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about getting it up the the same height of the table top?


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#1 posted 09-19-2011 12:49 AM

Factory inserts come with stupid little stick on tape shims…I cut my own and sand flush to the table top

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 01:01 AM

I have the same problem with my old Delta saw. I use small pieces of duct tape as shims and has worked great for years.

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 01:18 AM

duct tape works for me too

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 02:42 AM

Very thin self adhesive UHMW tape on top.

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 02:48 AM

4 for tape.

UHMW tape! I have some of that. I wonder how thick mine is…

I thought about just making a new 0-clearance insert for it but I honestly don’t think it really maters that much. And they can be a pain to make.

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 03:12 AM

And 5 makes a straight, I use masking tape on my scrollsaw and band saw. Mickey you’r the odd man out.

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 03:36 AM

I can’t let Mickey stick out like a sore thumb. I make mine out of 1/4” Masonite.

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 03:39 AM

I WOULD make a zero clearance.

that said, if you are using uhmw tape I sure hope you are putting it on top of the insert, uhmw is slick and is used as a insert raiser can mean that the insert might tend to move around/rotate. using a masking tape, or a friction tape will help the insert stay in place.

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 04:17 AM

The next time you work with two part epoxy use some of it to fix the insurt. Put a small drop at three points along the edge of the bottem side of the plate. After it sets up file it or sand it down until you have the fit you like. Mine has lasted for two years.

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#10 posted 09-19-2011 05:56 AM

If I may, I’d like to offer a different solution to the problem; tape.


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#11 posted 09-19-2011 02:00 PM

duct tape, masking tape, clear tape, tape, tape, whatever works. they all have different thicknesses. i think i’ve tried & used em all at one time or another. I also keep a few decks of playing cards that are gr8 for “spacing” all sorts of things. yes, I am a few cards short of a full deck… LOL

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