Bandsaw help? Tensioning and guides?

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Forum topic by jaysonic posted 09-08-2012 04:54 AM 1108 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2012 04:54 AM

Alright, so I just purchased the new G0555LX Grizzly. Wonderful saw, I think? I Hope. I can’t for the life of me get any tension on this thing. It ships with a 3/8” blade, so I tension it to that, but it actually provides zero tension. Any suggestions?? The tracking knob isn’t helping much either. Also, I can’t figure out how to get the guide bearings closer to the blade, I’m at a complete loss here. Any help would be appreciated!! The manual was for an older model, not even the exact one I purchased, can’t say I’m too impressed with Grizzly thus far!

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 05:04 AM

You can get the correct manual at the grizzly site.

Only reason I can think of for the tension and tracking adjustment not working is a blade that is too long or not installed properly.. which would also cause problems trying to get the guides set correctly.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 05:55 AM


Do thy self a favor and read this from stem to sterrn do EXACTLY AS HE SAYS. as he is the best. Do it in order and the way he says to do it. I guarantee you will be a success. Don’t start tweeking and fooling around until you understand.


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

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 06:32 AM

In case you aren’t a subscriber to finewoodworking, here is an alternate link to the article by Michael Fortune that Steve pointed to above (in PDF format):

I don’t agree with all of the stuff he says (like only keeping a 1/2” blade in the machine), but it is a good read. Another excellent resource is that by Alex Snodgrass of Carter products.. here is his 35 minute video, which is a must see for anyone who has a bandsaw:


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 02:51 PM

I gotta ask…....You DO have the tensioning lever flipped to tighten the blade?
Don’t mean to be a smart a$$.
My 0555LX is a good saw.
I run 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” blades.


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#5 posted 09-08-2012 07:32 PM

Fussy and MrUnix – thank you for the references. A real education from masters of the bandsaw. Going to the shop now to see just where the teeth lie on the upper wheel. I adjusted my fench for drift. Would be nice to adjust out drift by alignment of the blade, and not the other way around.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 11:56 PM

Bill, thank you…and don’t worry, I think nothing bad…I’ve never owned a bandsaw, so it’s all new to me! I went over the user manual again, and found the actual lever tuck away in all that styrofoam, so…yes, I have the tension lever flipped, and it’s all tight now. Now, all I need to do is adjust the bearings closer, somehow? Thank you Fussy and MrUnix for the links, I’ll be looking at those as soon as I get home!

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 11:59 PM

Throw away the blade the saw came with it

and get a new blade

No bandsaw comes with a good blade.

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