Band Saw Frame Flexing

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Forum topic by Big Ben posted 03-02-2012 02:17 PM 1107 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Big Ben

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03-02-2012 02:17 PM

I have a 14” Ridgid Band and will soon get a 1.5HP (17amp) motor to upgrade from 3/4HP that I have now. But in talking to a couple a people about adding a riser block to it they warned me of the frame flexing. I use the band saw for general cuts, rounding turning blanks and some resawing. Has anyone had issues with a riser block and frame flexing?

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 02:21 PM

Yes, the frame will flex. It makes it a bit harder to tension the blade. To overcome it, you can install an aftermarket spring (I bought a Carter Cobra Coil). Without it, I could not get the blade to track well. Others have had similar experiences. It is especially noticeable with wider blades.

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 04:55 PM

I have the Grizzly bandsaw riser kit on my Ridgid bandsaw. I haven’t really noticed to much flex in mine. I have cut logs up to about 14 inches in diameter on it with no problem.

Just be sure to do a complete re-alignment on your saw once you complete the upgrades.

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