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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 04-11-2014 03:57 AM 748 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2014 03:57 AM

I need a little advice with a new-to-me Sears 12” band saw.

The saw belonged to ny dad, who is in a nursing home now, and it has not been used in quite a while. In the process of cleaning it up, I noticed the blade was too close to the edge of the tire on the top wheel. When I loosened the tension knob to fiddle with the blade, nothing happened. I loosened it all the way, but the top wheel never moved, and the blade was still as taut as ever.

I’m guessing something is just gummed up, but I’m not sure of the best way to proceed. Would tapping the upper wheel with a rubber mallet make any sense, or is there a better way?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 04:26 AM

If I remember correctly Charlie, The upper wheel carriage rides on a couple of steel rods. everything shouldslide up and down freely. try a lottle wd40 to loosen everything up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 04:33 AM

Here’s a link to a video done by Michael Fortune on Fine Woodworking that gives you the basics for a bandsaw tune-up

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 07:51 AM


If you have a Model # I’d be pleased to see what I can find for you. By PM would probably be best.


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#4 posted 04-11-2014 11:36 AM

I believe it is frozen, as in any mechanical part can freeze from oxidation. So I would think a little nudging with a mallet along with some spray lube would be called for.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 12:32 PM

Yep, a little spray and a couple of light taps did the trick. I just thought I’d run it by the group before I did something stupid. Now it’s on to the full tune-up.

Thanks for the help, Guys.

Bruce: Thanks for the link.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 02:44 PM

Smack away !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 02:50 PM

If the blade has been under any significant level of tension for an extended period of time, might be a good idea to check the tires for indentations as they can be quite infuriating when trying to isolate the source of vibration on an older saw.

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 03:05 PM

Charlie,I hope your dad settles nicely in the nursing home .

-- Ken from Ontario

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#9 posted 04-11-2014 04:01 PM

Charlie I’ve always said that a good whack with a hammer will fix most anything :-). Hope you enjoy using your Dad’s bandsaw.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-11-2014 11:47 PM


Thanks for the PM. Glad you’re on your way now.

I Second what Ken (Very Nice Guy) said about your Dad.

I went through the same thing with My Mom a couple of years ago. It can sometimes not be a Pleasant Experience. For me it was a 24 Hour a Day “Watchdog” thing.

BUT! Your MOM is Your MOM. You do what you have to do and you do it with Love In Your Heart.

Regards: Rick

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#11 posted 04-12-2014 12:00 AM

I would suggest that ou now use dry lube of some type, to eliminate the smell of WD40 and the possibility of staining your project

-- Norman

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#12 posted 04-12-2014 12:29 AM

Thanks for the kind thoughts.

Dad’s mind is pretty well gone, but at least he is relatively serene and free of pain, so I’m grateful for that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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