|Forum topic by MarcRochkind||posted 06-27-2014 04:12 PM||619 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
06-27-2014 04:12 PM
Watching the excellent, well known video, “Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU), several things stand out for me:
1. His rejection of the importance of getting the wheels co-planar.
2. His straightforward, almost casual approach to setting blade tension. (Similar to what Michael Fortune recommends in several older Fine Woodworking articles. Fortune strongly recommends a looser tension than is commonly recommended.)
3. His simple approach to setting the blade guides and thrust bearing. (Fortune goes even further, suggesting that the lower bearings be backed out, as the saws he’s used in Europe don’t even have lower guides.)
On the other hand, he does at one point emphasize that nobody knows the bandsaw better than the manufacturer, and my manufacturer, Grizzly, recommends a LOT of attention to #2 and #3, although they do seem to suggest worrying about #1 only if the blade won’t track.
I’m very tempted, as I guess most viewers of the video are, to go with Snodgrass. As I’m new to bandsaws, I’d be interested in how closely more experienced woodworkers do it the Snodgrass way. And, does anyone back off the lower guides, as Fortune does?