bandsaw broken - tracking issues

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Forum topic by Tig1242 posted 03-16-2012 04:27 PM 1082 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2012 04:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I have an older delta bandsaw 14” model 28-243

It has been working great but a while back I had a blade break and it hasn’t been the same since.

The issues I have noticed were it wouldn’t release tension.

I found the wheel wouldn’t go down when the tracking was aligned. I removed the upper wheel to check this out and found that the hinge was getting caught on the case. It seems like the hinge only has 1/4th or so of movement before it fouls the case.

I put the wheel back on and things were working I just had to loosen the tracking all the way to switch blades. With the last blade switch I did (1/2” blade), when trying to get the teeth of the blade to the center of the wheel the wheel was almost touching the case and the blade still wasn’t aligned right.

I am thinking I need to add some washers in this somewhere but I am not too sure between the wheel and the hinge, or between the case and the upper frame.

I am lost and haven’t owned a bandsaw before. Is it normal for the tracking hinge to have very little movement before hitting the case?

Do you have to totally loosen the tracking hinge before being able to remove tension enough to change blades?

Any help is appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-16-2012 05:10 PM

Start be determining how close (or far) your wheels
are from co-planer.

I suspect they are way-off and that is part of your

I recommend read the “Bandsaw Handbook” by Mark
Duginske. Band saws are simple machines mechanically
but adjusting them for optimal performance is nuanced.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 06:42 PM

OK the internet tells me co-planer for bandsaw means that a straight edge should touch all 4 points on the wheels (top and bottom of each). Doing this I noticed things are off, when both wheels are at the same angle the top wheel is in 1/8th of an inch. I am wondering if when I took the wheel off I lost a washer!

Does adding a washer to the top wheel sound reasonable?

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 06:55 PM

Ive got a washer on my top wheel to keep it from rubbing on the housing. I dont see any issues with it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 07:03 PM

OK just noticed that the rubber on my wheels are looking really bad, I think the blade cut into them a bit. Off to replace that and shim the top.

Thanks guys this helped a lot!

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 03:52 AM

Installed new tires.

Adding the 1/8th inch washer to make the wheels co-planer made the world of difference.


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