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Forum topic by normrep posted 02-28-2012 11:25 PM 1347 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2012 11:25 PM

Ok – I picked up a 1992 Jet JBS 14” bandsaw with 3/4 hp motor in fairly decent condition for $100.00 today. I’ve never had a bandsaw before, but figured it was time to stop running down to the neighbors every time I needed to use one. I’ve got the owners manual, but it isn’t very specific on how to tune things up. It’s got the steel blade guides – thought I ought to get some cool blocks for it? The old rubber tires probably need replacing – maybe the new urethane type? I’m just wondering if you gentlemen could point me in the direction of getting some more detailed tips for tuning this thing up right since I’ve never had any experience with it. The top wheel seems a little floppy to me and maybe a little out of adjustment, but maybe that’s because I took the blade off and it needs tension on it to track tight and smooth. Wondering what brand blades and what tooth set for cutting gentle curves in 3/4” hardwood stock is required, etc., etc. You can see I’m a novice and have lots of little questions about this machine. Any thoughts or guidance as I get started is much appreciated! Thanks, Norm

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 11:57 PM

I’d suggest getting a DVD or book on the bandsaw. Mark Duginske has both (I think). Take a look at the Taunton Press website or Amazon.
Also, if you have access to the FWW index of prior years, Michael Fortune has some great articles on tuning up your bandsaw.

-- Gerry

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 01:30 AM

Several youtube videos on tuning up your bandsaw worth watching : )
Yes , your top wheel will move around with no blade tension on it. Get some good books and /or videos before you make any attempts to work on it.

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 03:16 AM

I bought and read the Duginske bandsaw book before I bought my bandsaw and I feel it helped me avoid a lot of mistakes.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 02:48 PM

Thanks guys – I just order the book from Amazon used for $1.60 plus 5.63 shipping. Not bad! I appreciate all the helpful responses!

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