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Forum topic by RPhillips posted 358 days ago 680 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RPhillips

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358 days ago

I recently purchased a Craftsman 14” band saw (Rikon Clone) and I noticed after installing my new Wood Slicer 3t x 3/8” Re-Sawing blade that it wants to move a lot on the wheels and you could see the movement between the thrust bearing too, but not as much since the thrust bearings guide it. The movement is from front to back, and it did seem to get a little better after fully tensioning the blade and allowing it to run for a few mins.

Is this normal? I believe I got the machine set up fairly well and my other blade (OEM) doesn’t do this.

Defective blade or is it just set up? It cuts great, but I’m no expert on band saws, so I thought I’d come here for some support.

Thanks

-Rob

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...


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lumbermeister

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#1 posted 357 days ago

Are you certain that you have the blade fully tensioned? Even though it may indicate so on the saw’s built-in tension indicator (if this is the Craftsman BAS350, I have the same saw), blades vary in length beyond their indicated length.

You might give this video a look – from a guy from Carter Products. He has quite a few good tips on setting up a bandsaw, including blade tensioning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

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RPhillips

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#2 posted 357 days ago

thanks for the link, checking it out now…

I think I have the tension set correctly, but in all honesty I can’t say for sure.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 357 days ago

I always “stone” the back side of my blades to ensure that the weld is flat and smooth as this can result in what you describe as well as premature blade breakage.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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MrRon

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#4 posted 356 days ago

Check my thread of 3 days ago titled “To all Band saw owners”

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 356 days ago

gfadvm: ”...I always “stone” the back side of my blades…”

+10 on THAT. My first 111in TW 3TPI blade had a decided bump at the weld that stretched out on either side of the weld about 3in or so. I stoned it to minimize that bump/rise and used this blade for ~3yr. During that time I noticed that the thrust bearing would/had mushroomed the back of the blade to where it would catch on your fingernail. Restoned it again,... and later again as well. The point is, the thrust bearing will wear and mushroom the back of the blade over time, depending on how much you use it, how much width you resaw, etc.

And after 3yr I replaced all bearings for less than $20 and have enough spare new bearings to do replace all again in the future. I also lubricate the sides of the blade frequently, with either PAM or PB-Blaster. It makes quite a difference in your cut. My 2-cents. I now use the 111in TW 2-3TPI which is even better for large resawing.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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RPhillips

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#6 posted 355 days ago

I set it up again using the carter method and it seems to be a little better. Thanks for the input guys…still learning so much…and still so much to learn.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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Loco

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#7 posted 355 days ago

You sure the Rikon isn’t a Craftsman clone ?

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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RPhillips

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#8 posted 355 days ago

actually, no I ‘m not sure…. BUT considering Sears/Craftsman actually doesn’t make anything of their own anymore, I’d be willing to chance it…

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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