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Forum topic by MissouriOutdoors88 posted 10-14-2014 10:34 PM 1040 views 1 time favorited 50 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MissouriOutdoors88

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10-14-2014 10:34 PM

So I’m using this bandsaw and I’m noticing that the blade wants to pull one way really bad. I know they have a tendency to do this but this seems extreme. Seems like the blade is loose? Or do you think maybe I need a new (sharper) blade?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 10:37 PM

Sharper blade will cure this.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 11:01 PM

Well that’s good news. So my machine isn’t a piece of crap?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#3 posted 10-14-2014 11:18 PM

alignment can also make a blade want to “dive”.
If you’re too far forward on the wheels it will want to cut toward the “spine” of the saw.
Too far back on the wheels and it will want to cut AWAY from the “spine”.

Mark a straight line on a 1×4 or similar… about 2 feet long.
Don’t use a fence for this. Now start cutting the line.
If you have to feed the board at an angle…. with the tail of the board (the end closest to you) off to the right (away from the spine of the saw) then you’re too far back on the wheels.
If you have to swing the tail of the board to the left (toward the spine of the saw) then you’re too far forward on the wheels.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 11:42 PM

I have to swing the tail to the left. As I feed it, with the blades toward me, the blade wants to go to my LEFT. I guess I need to look into it and see if my alignment is off. I don’t really know what to look for but I’ll give it a go.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 12:16 AM

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#6 posted 10-15-2014 12:17 AM

Seems a bit too far forward.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#7 posted 10-15-2014 12:39 AM

Well I put it back and it fixes the issue but then it wants to slip forward again. The platform is sitting a bit off center because of a wobbly leg I temporarily put something underneath to stabilize but I know its not completely flat. Could it be that gravity is to blame in that it shifts forward when the wheel starts spinning? Seems like the wheels are in good shape.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 01:13 AM

I’m far from being an expert, but I have always been told the blade needs to ‘sing’ to you. When the saw is OFF, pluck the blade like you would a guitar string – it should make a similar sound. I was really surprised by how snug the blade really needs to be; so if the blade keeps shifting that could be another explanation.

Good luck, keep us updated! I have loooots of the same issues with mine too (it’s what I get for buying a cheap one I guess. sigh)

-- Turn on, brothers and sisters!!!

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 01:26 AM

I doubt gravity has anything to do with it. Did you physically move it or adjust the tracking?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#10 posted 10-15-2014 01:32 AM

Evangogh-not sure how to tighten the blade. I’m sure I can figure it out though (I hope)!

Bill-I physically moved it. Not sure how to adjust tracking.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 10-15-2014 01:42 AM

There should be a knob on top that changes tension and one on side that changes traction. You have to balance the two, because as you increase tension the top wheel sags a bit and then tracking will change.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#12 posted 10-15-2014 01:51 AM

On the top and side by the wheel under the cover?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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patron

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#13 posted 10-15-2014 01:53 AM

watch this

how to adjust your bandsaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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firefighterontheside

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#14 posted 10-15-2014 01:57 AM

On mine, on the back side there are two knobs close to each other. The upper one is for tension and the other is for tracking.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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bigblockyeti

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#15 posted 10-15-2014 01:57 AM

As far forward as that blade is on the wheel I would expect it to be cutting to the left of the line as you feed your stock in. Alignment, tension, properly setup guides and a sharp blade can all contribute to good or poor performance. I bought any resold many saws that just wouldn’t cut right for previous owners. These four things are the problem 99% of the time, very rarely on older saws, the tires can be a problem due to flat spots, failed adhesive or dry rotting.

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