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01-15-2014 09:04 PM

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Now that I have re-sawing basically under control, I need to address another issue with my Rikon 10-325.

Since getting the saw, the belt from time to time works its way off the pulleys. I tightened it up which seems to make it worse. So before looking into whether the wheels are co-planer and all the mess I can create by trying to fix that, I’m hoping someone will give me some basic info.

-how tight should the belt be?
-is the stock belt as bad as the stock blade and should just be pitched?
-why else would the belt be coming off the pulleys?

When it’s all said and done, I plan on writing a review on the saw although many others have done so. I’m still pleased with the saw but the pia factor for this first time bandsaw owner is starting to add up. On the upside, it’s forced me to learn a lot about the mechanics of the saw.


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#1 posted 01-15-2014 09:20 PM

the pulleys could ‘appear’ co-planar
if just checked in one spot

the motor might be slightly ‘twisted’
and make the belt want to run off

check for co-planar on both sides of the pulley
or it might not be square (parallel) to the top pulley

either could make the belt run off

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 09:49 PM

I have the 18” Rikon. I just downloaded the manual for your 14” one though and the layout looks to be the same – motor mounted on the bottom back with the pulley under/behind the lower bandsaw wheel, two speeds.
I’ve never had a belt come off, not once. On mine there is just under 1/2” deflection when I press right down close between those two pulleys at the bottom (The drive pulley and the tension pulley). It is the original belt.

I tried to see on mine how something could be out of whack, but I just don’t see it. If the motor is mounted correctly on the back, and nothing is bent, then everything should play correctly off of that.
On mine I don’t even see how I could measure the pulleys to see if they’re co-planar because the bottom bandsaw wheel is in the way.

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 10:02 PM

If you are having trouble with your belt….
Have you tried suspenders?

Sorry, I can’t help with the belt issue, but thought a little levity may at least put a smile on your face!!! ;^)

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 10:44 PM

Thanks Randy!
And thanks Joe, I had looked at my manual, which as you probably know, is dismal. The first time the belt came off I had no idea what was wrong, other than the blade bogged down. Finally noticed that the belt was off and wedged between one of the pulleys and the inside frame wall.

Next step might be calling Rikon…

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 02:24 AM

Sandra, I left a reply on Stump’s forum.

If those fail, call Rikon!

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 02:25 AM

Thanks Andy, I’m wandering over…

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 02:27 AM

I have the same bandsaw and have not had the belt come off. I called Rikon customer service about the bad fence I received and they sent me a new fence within 2 weeks. Definitely call; they have very good CS.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 02:51 AM

Thanks Julian, I will. It certainly can’t hurt.

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