Hello everyone! I’m an amateur of woodworking in Taiwan. Few days ago, I bought an inventory 15” bandsaw from the manufacturer, and this one is almost the same with the model Craftex CT015N once sold by BusyBeeTools in Canada.
The depths of left and right Slots are also different.
When I tensioned the saw blade, the sliding bracket had not only vertical but also unexpected obvious horizontal displacements.
I thought that there must be something wrong and gave a feedback to the manufacturer but they claimed it’s just normal. This confused me a lot. Now, I do really want to know whether this situation of my bandsaw is abnormal or common. To make a comparison and find the truth, does anyone have Craftex CT015N bandsaw and would kindly provide me some upper wheel sliding bracket pictures of this model? I will be grateful for any help.
I can’t provide you pictures. But I used to have that bandsaw and it gave me nothing but grief. I could never get it to cut right despite trying over and over to tune and re-tune it. I remember very specifically noticing that the bracket was loose, like yours is. In the end I sold it at a loss (but I admit that I’m not very mechanically-inclined and others may have managed to tune theirs to work).
I see the loose clearance in the sliding part, but I am not certain that it’s movement perpendicular to the wheel axis would cause problems in operation. Have you tried setting the saw up and cutting with it? Despite the loose fit, I would think that under the pressure of the spring and blade tension, the part would be securely held in place during operation of the saw.
-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.
That horizontal play should not be there or at least not that much,I don’t have that bandsaw but I do have a made in Taiwan 14” generic one that has very similar sliding bracket,I do agree with Hydro that regardless of the looseness it should not affect its function.
The difference in the depths of left and right Slots was also present in my saw but I filed the sliding bracket to compensate for the narrow slot.
While I got it home, I did make some tune-up before test run. Tensioned the saw blade, squared the table to the blade, adjusted the upper and lower bearing guides to be spaced away from the blade with a single piece of paper. After these steps, yes, it could cut a scrap of 2” beech as what it should do.
Now I’m concerned about the terrible fit between the upper wheel sliding bracket and slots (2.8mm clearance by more precise measurement)With tensioned blade, skew sliding bracket makes what sense. Is it for a specially designated purpose or just a bad manufacture？Your viewpoint ,any information here, will encourage me to find it out.