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11-23-2013 05:23 AM

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I need some advice from some wiser than me woodworkers on a problem with my bandsaw. I have a benchtop bandsaw set up with a 1/4” blade and it seems that no matter what I am cutting or how thick it is it leaves burn marks across the entire cut. Also, it doesn’t want to cut a curve very well at all. It is a cheaper bandsaw I believe PRO-SHOP or something like that. As cheap as it is, it seems to me it shouldn’t burn so badly or???

The blade isn’t very old.

Thanks, Jim

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#1 posted 11-23-2013 05:34 AM

Probably too many teeth per inch on the blade for your material thickness. You only want a couple teeth in the material at any one time, or else the dust binds and friction burns before escaping. Use 3 or 4 tpi for thick resawing, maybe 10 tpi for scroll work in 4/4 stock. Also check that the teeth on your existing blade are still set.

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#2 posted 11-23-2013 06:01 AM

Sounds like a combination of many things. Dull blade for starter. Maybe to big a blade for the radius of curve you are trying to cut? Feed rate too fast? Are you making relief cuts? Are you trying to back up in cuts?

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#3 posted 11-23-2013 06:47 AM

It’s not the saw. The blade is probably the culprit. Either you have too many teeth per inch as the others have said or the blade is just poorly made or dull.

Check the weld joint. If it’s misaligned it could be rubbing inside the cut.

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 07:04 AM

I consider the bandsaw a rough cutting tool. I expect to have to sand the workpiece, or pattern rout it to clean up the cut. That said, I have never noticed burning from my bandsaw.
I use a 3 tpi 1/2” blade for most tasks.

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 01:15 AM

”It is a cheaper bandsaw I believe PRO-SHOP or something like that.” ???

Did you look yet for the Actual Make and Model # of the Bandsaw? Cheap Or Not. What Size 9in?, FPM 3,000? Amperage 2.5? It ALL figures into what might be the Problem with your BS.

I have a “Cheap” Ryobi BS Bought from HD in 2004 for $135.00 Bucks. It has the Specs I’ve written above. It works as well today as it did the day I bought it.

I also Tear Down, Clean, Realign, Replace and whatever else is necessary to keep ALL of My Power Tools Running The Way They Should.

I keep the Blade Guides WELL Aligned on my BS. I use 3 different widths of Blades on it. (GOOD ONES) From Lee Valley. Viking, Previously known as “Timber Wolf”

My Favorite is a 1/4” Blade 6tpi, $22.50 at LV, The back edges of these Blades are Pre-Rounded which prevents a few problems.

If your Blades have a Sharp back edge you can make a small Blade Rounder to round them off. (Small Stone glued to a piece of wood, or just sandpaper glued to a piece of wood. AS BELOW)

My Ryobi has NEVER Burned anything, Soft Or Hardwood.

Personally I think it’s a Combination of a Blade Problem and your doing something to cause it to Burn. Some suggestions have been made above.



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#6 posted 11-28-2013 01:27 AM

Thicker material cuts best with lower tpi blades.

At 1/4” a 6tpi blade works well and will burn as it gets
duller but pitch can also cause burning.

One thing to look out for is pitch stuck in the gullets.
The pitch comes mostly from woods like pine. If cutting
resinous woods, washing your blades in soapy water
and scrubbing with a soft bristle brush gets the pitch off.

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#7 posted 11-28-2013 02:09 AM

If it is the original blade with the saw, bear in mind that most saws come with poor blades installed.

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