|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 164 days ago||877 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
164 days ago
I’ve just about had it with Grizzly tools. I purchased their G0604X jointer last summer and had to send it back as the outfeed table wouldn’t raise/lower, there were missing/broken parts, and the tables were not flush (they have these lips that needed to be ground down, long story short). Well, I decided to have another go at it and purchased the G0555LX band saw and went to assemble it today. Let me start by saying that AGAIN i had broken/missing parts that I need to call them about, but lets get to the point.
I bought the riser block along with this and after finagling with the pins that align the riser block (one of them was machined improperly and would not fit with the other in place so I had to grind it down to make it fit as well) I finally got the riser block installed. I proceeded to finish up the assembly of the saw and then realized my blade is not sitting properly in the opening in the table (rubbing against the right side of the insert). I ignored it for the time being and just took out the insert then I tried to turn the wheels. The top wheel was rubbing on the back side case to the point where black paint was coming off of the wheel. I realized after a while that the tracking knob needed adjusting and that would move the wheel in/out in either direction on top or bottom. Cool, got it to run smoothly. So I start my checks for coplanar wheels and they are not even close. That being said, I loosen the tension on the blade to take it off. NOTHING changes in blade tension. It’s literally the same tension on the blade whether it’s tensioned or not (and it’s tensioned, not loosened, so I can’t get the damn thing off).
I’d love to try to get the wheels coplanar (which I’m assuming is going to be another test in patience as the directions are pretty much useless in this regard, any hints here appreciated. it seems that the top wheel is further out than the bottom so I’m assuming I have to shim the bottom wheel as moving the top wheel back any further will probably make it rub on the case again) but since I can’t even remove the blade at this point because the tensioner seems to be doing absolutely nothing, can someone please hint at what is going wrong here?
This is my absolute last Grizzly purchase as everything them seem to send me ends up in just utter and pure frustration and hours upon hours of wasted time.
-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com