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smitty290

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955 days ago

I’m just getting starting in woodworking so I have picked up some used tools on craigslist. I got a 10” Delta Band Saw that has never been used, in fact it has never had a blade on it. I may have found out why. When I get the blade in position and tighten the top knob to add tension the blade and top pulley touch the top of the casing before it is tight. Any suggestions on how to correct this issue? Everything appears to be put together correctly.

Thanks,
Ed


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Joe Davis

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#1 posted 955 days ago

could have bought too long of a blade

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syenefarmer

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#2 posted 955 days ago

The first thing that I would do is check and verify that the blade is the proper size for that saw. From your description it sounds to me like the blade is too long for that saw.

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smitty290

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#3 posted 955 days ago

The sticker on the housing says it takes a 72 1/2” blade. I got a 72 7/16” I’m assuming that’s correct?

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Joe Davis

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#4 posted 955 days ago

are there rubber tires on the blade wheels? or is it bare metal

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doncutlip

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#5 posted 955 days ago

Could it be something in the tensioner spring?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 955 days ago

the upper metal housing may have been assembled wrong or to low

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smitty290

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#7 posted 955 days ago

It has the rubber wheels on the pulleys they are about 1/4” thick and show no wear which is understandable as it has never been used before. The housing is plastic on this saw. Just going by my eye, it doesn’t appear to be warped at all. @Don, I don’t think it is the spring, the tensioner mechanism goes just about as far as it will travel before the blade is tight and touching the housing.

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 955 days ago

Is this a 2-wheel model, or a 3-wheel model? I used to own the 3-wheel model, and it took 56 1/8” blades. I’ve bought 57 1/2” blades (that were manufactured for a different saw), and the top wheel hit the housing before the blade was properly tensioned.

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Bill White

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#9 posted 955 days ago

Wrong blade length.
Bill

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#10 posted 955 days ago

I had that very band saw, 2 wheel plastic Delta. It worked fine. It has to have been a mislabled or mispackaged blade.

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smitty290

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#11 posted 955 days ago

I got the blade out and measured it, it appears to be the correct blade. Thank you all for the advice. Is there anywhere you can get custom length blades? i could maybe get one 1/2” to 1” shorter and see if it worked?

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#12 posted 955 days ago

You could give Suffolk Machinery a call. They manufacture TimberWolf blades. They are very helpful and can make up a blade to the length you want.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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BobAtl

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#13 posted 955 days ago

I had a similar problem with my Delta bandsaw shortly after I bought it. It was 20+ years ago so I don’t remember the details – and they probably wouldn’t be relevent to your problem anyway. But I called Delta and described the problem to them and, since it was under warranty, they sent a rep out to my house to repair it. So my suggestion is to call Delta’s customer service. Have the model number, serial number and any other info available when you call. They’ll likely be able to tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it.

Along the same lines, the worklight on my Porter Cable drill press was damaged when I unpacked it this past fall. I called their customer service and they sent me a new light. I wasn’t sure how to go about the repair (a lot of dismantling of the pulleys, etc. was required) so I stopped by the Delta / Porter Cable service center in Norcross / Metro Atlanta, and the tech there walked me through it so I could complete it at home and not have to load the whole thing up and haul it over to them.

My experience has been they’re very helpful and you’re likely to save yourself a lot of wheel spinning by calling them.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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Dallas

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#14 posted 955 days ago

grab a piece of string and wrap it around the wheels while the saw is set for least tension.
Mark where the string meets itself.
Remove string.
Lay string out in a straight line.
Measure string.
If it doesn’t measure just shy of the correct stated length, one of the wheels is wrong or the saw is put together wrong.

Good Luck.

I still think you have a blade that is too long. ;)

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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andysden

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#15 posted 954 days ago

Split the saw at the upper and lower frame joint and place a 1/8 inch shim or put a longer guide pin and add more shim may have to re aline the frame to make blade run true. Good luck Andy

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