Bandsaw lower wheel making sounds when powering down

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Forum topic by ADBuilt posted 09-30-2014 04:25 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2014 04:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw troubleshooting

I have a Shop Fox w1706 14” bandsaw. After using it today I noticed that each time I powered down it started making a creaking sound. I am pretty sure I isolated the sound to the lower wheel. It only makes the noise at very low speeds (ie. after powered down for a few seconds or by hand turning the wheel). I am not sure if the bearings are going bad or what. I couldn’t find any trouble shooting tips in the owner’s manual for this. I am almost positive it is not the blade catching, however I did just change the blade a few days ago. I have only had this BS for 6 months and haven’t used it much until recently. I would think the bearings would still be good. I don’t know if continued use could cause further damage. It is a creaking sound at first when powered down and then a creaking/ticking sound each time the wheel is turned by hand. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 06:15 AM

My Grizzly b/s also creaks when it comes to a stop I think it is normal blade sounds, I am not worried about my saw.

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 10:46 AM

It is probably the belt. If you remove the belt does it make the sound?

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 01:02 PM

Check the belt, and check the tire too. Sometimes if the tire is sitting on the wheel and not adhered to it, the blade under tension can cause very slight movement between the two.

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 07:48 PM

Probably tighten the band saw wheel bearings

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#5 posted 10-02-2014 01:32 AM

Another possibility is the pulley could be loose.

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