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Forum topic by CharlesNeil posted 01-10-2014 07:12 PM 1258 views 4 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2014 07:12 PM

I have used bandsaws for over 40 years.. this is the best video I have ever seen on it .. The guy really knows his stuff . I was impressed hope it helps

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 07:23 PM

It’s a great video Neil and I got a lot out of it when I first saw the video, but he also said some things that do not apply to all bandsaws. The thing I remember most is when he said to line the back of the gullet with the center of the tires, and not the center of the blade itself in the center of the tire. Even though my saw was working perfectly, that made sense to me so I realinged my blade like he said. I immediately started having problems with my tracking. So I set the alignment back to center the blade in the center of the tire and like magic I began getting perfect cuts again.

So I called an old Delta Tech I know and told hm about it and he said with tires that have pronounce crowns Snodgrass’s method is correct, but with my model which is a 28-3X0 this was incorrect, because my tongue and groove tires have very little crown and that method will not work with it.

I cannot remember the other thing I disagreed with, but you’re correct the guy has forgotten more about bandsaw than I will ever know and the video is very good. Just know that some bandsaw models do not fit into blanket statements.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 07:25 PM

It is a REALLY GOOD video. There are a couple of other good ones there as well. I was refered to it when I requested assistance from my fellow LJ’s on problems I was having.


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#3 posted 01-10-2014 07:28 PM

Kevin ,

I can see what your saying ..good point , good to see you on here.

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 09:08 PM

Hi Charles!

Good to see you!

That was VERY GOOD!
... I learned NEW things… Like NEVER any DRIFT, if setup correctly! ... and other cool things.

Thank you very much!

While I’m here I’d like to say that I really enjoy your Weekly Class sessions... It seems like I ALWAYS learn something NEW thanks to your intense need to the DETAILS… The details that will make or break a project, etc.
Using your main Charles Neil Woodworking website. I wish you Luck on your decision to get out of a lot of Commission work and to concentrate more on the Educational part of your work! That’s good because I enjoy That part the MOST! LOL (big Grin)... Yes, getting OLD is the Pitts! :)

I especially like the feature where I can download your Sessions, save them on My computer, and eventually burn my own DVD’s so I have them forever for reference… That I can keep them if I ever decide to leave your classes (which I doubt if I ever will)... Makes it a greater value!

I didn’t want to get into a Commercial, etc. I just wanted to Publicly say THANK YOU very much for your WONDERFUL class work! I find it very valuable and educational!

Keep up the good work & take care.

Catch you Later!

Happy New Year!

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 10:01 PM

Cant wait to try it, always room for improvement. Thanks Charles

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 11:19 PM

Charles some great tips thanks.

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