Set up /change blade on rikon 10 325 bandsaw

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Forum topic by Richarde posted 12-24-2014 07:39 PM 2821 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2014 07:39 PM

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I have a new rikon 10 325 14” bandsaw. I used the saw with the included 5/8 saw blade, made a few adjustments and it worded fine.
I wanted to make a bandsaw box and needed to change the blade to a 1/4 ” timberwiolf blade . I removed the old blade and tried to replace it with the new one. Other than removing the upper and lower blade guides I made no other changes. The new blade does not line up properly or stay on the wheels. I called rikon and while trying to help they couldn’t. I thought I had messed up something so I put the original 5/8 blade back on, adjusted it and it worded fine. I am again trying to put on another blade and seem to be getting nowhere.
What I have read from other sources and emails is that the instruction manual that comes with the machine is poor.does anyone have info on how to change a blade successfully ?

-- Nc rich

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 09:05 PM

First I’m at a loss as to why you needed to remove the guide bearings to install the blade. The 1/4” blade when riding on the wheels the teeth gullets should be riding at center to slightly forward of center of the wheel. Is the tension on the blade correct?

Also, are you setting the blade tracking before setting the blade guide bearings?

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 09:20 PM

Other than removing the upper and lower blade guides I made no other changes.

You don’t need to remove the guides (just move them back out of the way temporarly), and you need to re-tension and adjust tracking for the new blade to ride properly on the wheels.

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 09:31 PM

Every time I change blade sizes on either of my bandsaws, I need to readjust the tracking. Sometimes even with the same size blade, since occasionally a blade maker will not have a truly perfect weld, and the blade will inch forwards or backwards until you find that sweet spot on the tracking that keeps it on the wheels.

I doubt very much there is anything wrong with your Rikon. You simply have to retrack the blade, and the bearings are to be set so that the teeth of the new blade are just sticking out of the front of the guide bearings, and the rear bearing should be just a few thousandths of an inch behind the blade.

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