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Forum topic by ptkaster posted 05-29-2014 04:51 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2014 04:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw rikon 10-325 rikon 10-325 smoking smells help

I have a Rikon 10-325 and I must admit that so far it has been a pretty good machine. I use it infrequently, but whn I do I am cutting 12” logs, which seems to be taking its toll. When I mount my new blade and tension it, the wheel is incredibly hard to turn. Not impossible, but it seems like it should be easier. I can hear a noise that sounds like something is scraping when I turn it. I have looked EVERYWHERE around the blade and I have yet to find and obstruction. When I turn it on, I can smell something that smells like not like wood smoke but a different more oily smoke. I cant see the smoke, but I can certainely smell it. My only though is that the bearing might be smoking from overtension. I do tighten my blades pretty hard. Do you think that’s the problem? Please give all advice and experience. Thanks,


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#1 posted 05-29-2014 04:57 PM

Not familar with that saw but I’d look at the belt/s and pulleys to see if they are misaligned. If they are fine, then remove the belt and see if the wheels rotate freely and go from there.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 04:59 PM

Check the bearings on the wheels.
One of them may have seized up.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 05:02 PM

Sounds like a broken ball inside the bearing.


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#4 posted 05-29-2014 05:11 PM

Maybe the belt is slipping on the pulley, check there first, then start looking at bearings.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 05:22 PM

Take the blade off and check how smooth the wheel rotates. If it’s good then check the belt. The process of eliminating variables helps troubleshooting a lot.

Also, if you’re applying that much tension to the blades then you’re compensating for some error in your bandsaw setup. Either your guide blocks aren’t set right or you have a bad/dull blade. There just isn’t a need for excessive tension and you’ll either damage the bearings, flex the saw frame or gouge up the rubber tires if you overdo it.

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 05:52 PM

Thanks all for the responses! I figured out that the top wheel was grinding on the blade guard when it was raised fully. I believe it is because the wheel was tilted from blade tracking alignment. Off to work to solve the problem. Thanks!


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#7 posted 05-29-2014 06:10 PM

WalMart sells some nice little patches that worked well for me.

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#8 posted 05-29-2014 06:22 PM

“WalMart sells some nice little patches that worked well for me.”???????????

-- Bert

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#9 posted 05-29-2014 06:22 PM

Are you sure the blade is sharp ? and everything is set up properly? It does sound by the smell you talk about like a bearing problem. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 05-29-2014 08:40 PM

@MrKnowItAll…..The patches do work better than the gum, but taste a lot worse.


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#11 posted 05-29-2014 09:09 PM

I figured out that the top wheel was grinding on the blade guard when it was raised fully.

Yeah, that happens, I ground the corner off of mine, so it can’t hit the wheel.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 05-29-2014 09:25 PM

It could be just too much friction between some parts of the band saw.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 05-29-2014 09:58 PM

ptkaster, when you say you tighten the blade pretty hard. Do you not tighten the blade by the tension gauge?

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