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Forum topic by ElChe posted 01-02-2015 09:33 AM 837 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ElChe

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01-02-2015 09:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly bandsaw band saw g0513 g0513x2 resawing resaw blade question

Sorry for the endless questions. I have to carefully wrestle a 1” 1.3 tpi blade on my new Grizzly G0513X2 band saw. It gets stuck against the two metal plates that house the lower thrust bearing and also against the throat. That and trying to fit it through the blade guard makes it a long chore. I adjusted the thrust bearings as far back as they will go and also backed off the side bearings in addition to opening them. Am I missing something? Are the two metal plates adjustable? They are slotted but that seems like a hassle. I only use the 1” blade for rough resawing of 11” 8/4 walnut as I do veneers and most resawing with a 5/8” kerfmaster or a 1/2” 3 tpi Lennox. The for any insight. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.


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Cgwendling

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 01:03 PM

You have the side slot just like my 18”. I have the same trouble with blades bigger than 3/4”, so I take the table off, put the blade on and wiggle the table on.
Not the answer you want to hear but the side slot tables are not a real thought out design.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 01:36 AM

I have the same saw you have and I removed those side plates permanently (never could figure out what their purpose was). This makes it a lot easier to install 1” blades. My saw is about 6 years old so may not be identical to yours. The plates on mine were more like guards than mounts for the thrust bearing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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ElChe

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 02:02 AM

I can’t figure out what those metal plates are for either. I may take them off as they have nothing to do with holding the thrust bearing in. With smaller blades they appear to encase the entire blade but with the 1” blade the teeth are outside the plates. Theyre coming off. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 02:30 AM

Tom, That sounds exactly like mine. I took em off the first time I installed a 1” blade and haven’t missed them at all!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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ElChe

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 04:02 PM

Thanks guys. I went with gfadvm’s idea to remove the left and right guards (metal plates) from the lower thrust bearing mechanism. I replaced them with similar sized washers to shim the bearing so the blade tracks dead center on the bearing. Works like a charm. My suspicion is that the left and right guards are there because some stupid products liability lawyer said to do that. I’m a lawyer so this is an inside joke. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 11:45 PM

Glad it worked!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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