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Forum topic by interpim posted 05-05-2012 03:05 AM 1681 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2012 03:05 AM

I have the Ridgid 14” bandsaw, and I am having some fairly serious issues.

The upper wheel is hitting the tracking adjustment mechanism, and is causing it to lose tracking, and is binding the wheel. I have tried shimming the upper wheel out with a washer, but it isn’t working. The adjustment portion is still hitting the edge of the wheel.

Does anyone have any clue as to what may be the problem… I’m going to try and find a camera to take some pictures to show you guys what I am talking about.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 03:52 AM

not sure without seeing it but sounds like you may need a replacment wheel bearing. If that bearing is shot you will have difficulty in kepping the wheele spinnign for a long period when spun by hand with the power and blade off. My guess is that is the problem if you had the saw working prior to this problem.

-- Bryan, york pa

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 04:25 AM

Well… I was getting ready to take some pictures, and while pulling stuff down to take a look, I noticed what the problem was.

It turns out that the hinged part that the tracking knob pushes against is cracked and bent about a half inch or so. I have to put one on order, I guess I’ll have to figure out a different way to finish my current project, I doubt the new part is going to arrive before I receive the replacement part.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 12:21 PM

I had the same problem with my Ridgid saw. It was only about a month old when it happened, the casting broke and I was left without a bandsaw for almost 2 months. My saw also has a bad shake to it and was wondering if there is anything I can do to fix it? Maybe a new blade and belt perhaps? Also the bottom wheel sticks out past the top wheel about 1/4 inch or so, any suggestions?

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#4 posted 05-05-2012 12:28 PM

Here is some info for you. Erepacement parts has the parts but probley not in stock and
there shipping is pricey. Go to grizzly and then go to the G0555 page. Once there click
on purchase parts tab then go to main diagrame. You will see what you need.
I did this for my ridged 14002 BS because this is a common problem and so i got an extra
one. I took out both the hinge and shaft wich is still good and put in the grizz parts in. The Only
difference is the one on saw is from china and grizz is from twian. If you were closer to me i’d let
you use my spare. Hope this helps you

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#5 posted 05-05-2012 12:36 PM

Glad you found the problem, and also glad you didn’t get hurt in the process. All of our power tools are dangerous as it is, but, something like this, and the danger quaddruples.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-05-2012 02:02 PM


Link belts can help significantly to reduce the shakes. This one is made in the US and is the best priced on the market (imagine that). The other thing you can do, is to go to an auto parts store (Advance, etc.) and get some stick-on wheel balancing weights. Balance both wheels and problem disappears. As to the lower wheel sticking out, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT! If it works ok, it’s ok. Believe it or not, most bandsaws are not designed to be co-planar (buzz word alert). It’s when we start messing with a perfectly good tool that we get into trouble. For some really helpful info on bandsawing, go here If they require membership to view, take the free two week offer. You’d be surprised how many plans and articles you can download in two weeks of determined effort.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#7 posted 05-05-2012 03:51 PM

Wow, thanks Skipj. I have been scowering the internet looking for the Ridgid part with almost every retailer out of stock. Went to Grizzly, and they had it in stock and cheaper than the other sites had the Ridgid for!

Just put it on order, and hopefully will have my saw up and running soon.

I have found that this particular part is a very common weak point in the saw.

Thanks everyone for your help.

-- San Diego, CA

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