3/4 HP Delta bandsaw keeps bogging down

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 01-22-2012 05:18 AM 4248 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2012 05:18 AM

My 14” Delta 3/4 HP bandsaw seems to never want to cut all the way through lumber without bogging down. My blade is new and this has been happening for over a year. I usually cut 8/4 hardwood which I know contributes to the bogging down but this is ridiculous. The saw is still stock except for the riser block assembly that I installed. Would new blade guides help? Is the motor just to small for what I am working with?

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 05:24 AM

What kind of blade are you using? The more teeth, the more the saw will bog down.

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 05:28 AM

I own the same saw with the same motor and yes the motor is too small for a 1/2 ” blade or wider on thick hardwood. I wish my motor would burn out so that I would bite the bullet and mount a 1 1/2 HP in it’s place.

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 05:44 AM

3/8”x.032”x3TPI X-tra Duty Carbon Blade are the blades I use

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 05:49 AM

See all of the above :))

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 06:50 AM

8/4 hardwood is not very definitive. That said 3/4 hp is not a very powerful saw, you will need to slow down your cut to try and avoid bogging down. If you are cutting extremely dense hardwoods, well the 3/4 hp may not do it to well.

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 07:03 AM

Some things to think about: Are you using an extension cord? If so, what gauge is it? How far from the load center (breaker box) is the saw?

If you have to use an extension cord, use the shortest one you can and the largest wire size you can. Don’t coil the extension cord, play it out instead. Long runs of wire cause a voltage drop which could contribute to some of the issues you’re having. Keep you’re wire lengths as short as you can.

What size cord is on the saw? I bet it’s #14. You could try rewiring it and use #12 or larger.

Is there any other loads on the same circuit as the saw? If so, move the saw, or the other loads, to a different circuit. An example; my small air compressor is on the same circuit as my dust collector. I can’t run the DC and the compressor at the same time without both bogging down significantly.

I doubt that any of this will get you to a point where a 3/4 HP saw doesn’t bog down, but it can help.

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 11:43 AM

I have a 1/3 Hp Craftsman 10 inch Bandsaw and it used to bog down alot before I bought some new blades for it. Just some “All Pro Olsen” 3 teeth per inch, 4 teeth per inch resaw blade and I guess I have been lucky because I have cut 5” black Locust logs (staves) and 4 1/2 thick maple logs (staves) and while it cuts slow it has gotten the job done.

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