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01-03-2014 02:02 PM

I’m fairly new to serious bandsaw work, but the more I use mine, the more I appreciate it, precisely the opposite of the effect with my ex. Is it necessary to reset the drift angle each time the blade is changed? Is it a function of the blade or the saw?

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 02:05 PM

The Snodgrass video discusses drift.

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 05:59 PM

“Drift” is caused by either a bad or dull blade or not setting the blade on the same part of the upper wheel each time it is changed. If a good, sharp blade is installed and it’s set on the middle of the upper wheel each time, it’ll cut the same direction every time.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 06:12 PM

Never had issues with drift on my little 9” saw or my 20” saw

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 06:30 PM

Saw this thread title and was immediately going to recommend the video that JustJoe posted. It’s a great video. After following all his tips and unlearning my bad habits, drift has become a thing of the past.

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 09:47 PM

Things to check if there’s a blade drift : Blade quality( dull) and blade tension.

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 09:55 PM

If your blades are new replace the tires, go with the urthane tires and say good by to drifting…BC

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 10:11 PM

The only time I ever had “drift” while re-sawing was when my blade became dull. I now use a carbide blade, a re-saw fence and get zero drift.

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 10:53 PM

Great video Thanks Joe.

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 11:52 PM

If the blade is poor quality, you will get drift regardless of how well the bandsaw is aligned. Drift is caused when the teeth set is not the same on both sides of the blade.

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 01:16 AM

JustJoe, Great link!! I will be revisiting the setup on my Craftsman 113 series 12” band saw tomorrow. I know I will outgrow it, but now I wonder if tuning it as suggested in the video could add a significant number of years with it.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 07:07 AM

I remember reading an old bandsaw manual that said to correct the drift, you should hold a grinding stone
to the side of the blade the drift was towards and this would correct it. That meant you made the good
side of blade as dull as the bad side so it would cut straight. As Joe said watch the Snodgrass video.

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