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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-17-2014 11:01 PM 1074 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2014 11:01 PM

I just set up my 14” (W/riser) band saw using the “Snodgras” method. It took me about 15 minutes and I was done. The hardest part was getting the table back on it’s trunnions. I can now say WOW!!! What a difference it made. I set up a fence parallel to the blade and ripped a piece of wood about 16” long. When I measured the thickness, the measurement didn’t vary more than .005” end-to-end, no drift and that was measuring a rough cut piece. I was using a 3TPI, 1/2” Starrett blade. Except for the smallish motor (3/4”), this $175 Ridgid band saw cuts as good as a Delta, Jet or Powermatic. I’m convinced you could take the lowliest 9” band saw or HF saw and turn it into a serious tool at little or no cost. Thank you Mr. Snodgrass.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 11:16 PM

I’ll second that, once I followed his process resawing became easy!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 01:01 AM

Defiantly a fan of Mr. Snodgrass method. Video link here.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 05:51 PM

I have the Mark Duginske band saw book, I bought several years ago. I pulled it out and tried to find if he had any reference to the Snodgrass method. I couldn’t find any. He advocates centering the blade on the wheel and setting the wheels coplanar. He also addresses blade lead that has to be corrected by skewing the fence to accomodate the lead. All of this becomes mote points with the Snodgrass method. Despite this “break through” in band saw cutting, Mark’s book still has much valuable information to offer.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 06:12 PM

Don’t ya mean definitely?
I’ve watched the Snodgrass vid several times, used his tips for some things, and have come to think that not all the stuff is absolutely the end all for set up.
Then again, I don’t need the super guide for the 1/8” blade.
I was most interested in the comments about the rubber/neoprene tire stuff.
My Grizz works best with the blade centered on the tire.
Just for what it is worth.


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#5 posted 06-18-2014 09:44 PM

The most informative video for band saw beginners.

-- "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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