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Forum topic by paneen posted 01-10-2013 10:44 AM 1574 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2013 10:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw bandsaw tracking wheel alignment question

hi all. im new to this forum so hello

iv recently purchased a used bandsaw (Axminster Trade Series SBW3501B) its in really good condition, in fact it almost looks new. iv set it up correctly, all guides in correct places, blade aligned on wheel in center and blade tension is good the problem i have is that the blade sits a lot further forward on the bottom wheel than it does on the top wheel. this sets the blade tracking so far off straight that the fence adjustment isn’t adequate to compensate. could it be a naff blade (it does look pretty old), worn tyres or could it be that the wheels arnt aligned properly. any help would be brilliant.

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 02:16 PM

Not quite sure I understand your problem, but if the two wheels don’t track the same, you need to check their alignment with each other.

Can you place a straight edge across both wheels? Are they aligned?

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 07:52 PM

I can’t picture out the problem of your band saw. Maybe a photo would help. Check the alignment between both the top and bottom band saw wheels and make sure that the band saw blade is installed correctly. Check both tires- if its wear or slipping of the wheel and the guides’s position.

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 08:59 PM

It sounds to me like your wheels are not co-planer. Link

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 09:27 PM

ok. thanks for the replys.

im at the woorkshop tomorow so i will take some photos and get them up, depending on how difficult it is to post photos on this forum. i have a feeling the problem is that the wheels arent co-planer. il have to make some sort of jig to check. and im not sure if i can adjust the wheels like that on my bandsaw.

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 10:00 PM

Years ago I built a Gilliam (does anybody remember that company?) 18” bandsaw from one of their kits. I struggled a lot to get proper tracking. Finally I decided to check out the bottom wheel. With a bit of tweaking I was able to fix the problem. I also helped a friend who was having similar problems with an Inca 3 wheeler, and we were able to improve it as well. Since different saws have different ways of mounting the lower wheel, you would have to study how to do it with your particular saw—shims, grinding down high spots, or whatever. Of course, that’s a last resort if you can’t correct it in the usual ways. I’d check not only up and down alignment (north and south), but also side to side (east and west). Sometimes these kinds of problems can keep you awake at night. Solutions can be very elusive.

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