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Forum topic by Straightbowed posted 02-14-2012 12:57 AM 747 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Straightbowed

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02-14-2012 12:57 AM

I would like to know if their is an upgrade for rikon band saw such as phenolic type guides to keep 1/4 blades tracking good I have a 10-345 it saw good with 1” blade but the 1/4 wants to wonder I need help

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country


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#1 posted 02-14-2012 02:33 AM

Stefve, new guides may mask another problem you have. Keeping a 1/4 inch blade on track should not be a tall order if your saw is well alighned and tires in good condition. (or even in moderate condition). Is your one inch blade riding on guides and or bearings constantly ? What happens if you back all guides off and spin it ?

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 03:26 AM

I really havent used the saw alot, but I will try the spin method, and no I havent checked wheels for coplaner yet, Ive been sick and havent ben out in shop for awhile I use a doall bandsaw at work sometimes and it has phenolic or steel guides on it, really I was just wondering, I seen a carter upgrade but its like 270 00 I was wondering if their was a trick out there in lumberjockland, but thanks for the reply, if u have anymore just keep on typing, I really do appreciate it, thank you very much

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 04:10 AM

Yeah Steve, that doall is a leauge of its own for sure. If your wheels or in close alignment and all you should be able to cant the upper wheel both directions, but in doing this you ll want all guides and thrust bearings backed off as far as you can get. Depending on if your tires have crown or not sorta dictates where the best place for your blade to ride is. This too will vary from blade to blade and also will be affected by blade tension.

In my case I adjust blade tension to where I can move the blade with my fingertip side to side using firm preasure. I then track the blade to a position where the teeth will be just forword of the crown.
Next I adjust thrust bearings to a position where i standard business card would be snug between the bearing and back of blade. Lastly I bring the blade guides into about that same spacing relationship.
When my saw is spinning under power the blade is not contacting guides at all nor is it contacting the thrust bearings. But when I cut , bearings and guides go into action quickly. Note: When setting bearings and guides I typically do the lower ones first and I dont really use a business card, but if I did thats what would fit the space. JB

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