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Forum topic by xylophage posted 01-17-2014 02:23 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2014 02:23 AM

I was wondering if any of you fellow members. Know of any large woodworking machine repair technicians in the northeast. I am having trouble getting a 28 inch laguna bandsaw running properly. Im not an expert but, I know more than a hobbyist. I have tried everything I know. But I can seem to get this machine running up to par.

I am located in New Jersey, just out side of Philadelphia. If anyone can recommend me someone that would be great. I have contacted Laguna, they only offer to send out one of their techs from California. Which is a bit more than I want to spend.

I am sure some will ask what is wrong with the saw. The main problem I have is with vibration and getting a clean cut. I have done all the regular trouble shooting….

-- D.A Winograsky

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 02:42 AM

What blade are you using? Are you using a tension gauge or just what the saw came with to indicate tension? Do you have access to a dial indicator to see if the surface of the tires is running true?

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 02:46 AM

That’s a huge bandsaw! Have you tried everything in the Snodgrass video ?

Something that size might benefit from being bolted to the floor. You could also try running it with no blade and seeing what type of vibration you get – if it’s something in the body itself you may be able to pinpoint it by moving your hand and putting pressure at different places.

You’ve probably already checked the blade – it lays flat on the floor when you lay it down with no twist, the weld is smooth as a babies butt etc.

Wish I had a 28” saw…

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 02:52 AM

Stick a wedge under any high corner underneath.

Take the belts off and run the motor. If there
is vibration then you know it is the motor or the way
the motor is mounted.

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 08:40 AM

Good luck with that =D as Loren mentioned leveling is important. Try several different blades if you have them. Make sure you’re coplanner. Check pulleys for run out and balance. Check your belts and bands.

I have a LT18 3000 series which still has vibration issues. In retrospect I wish I had bought a minimax.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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