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Forum topic by MNbuzzdust posted 06-08-2009 06:09 AM 2035 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MNbuzzdust

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06-08-2009 06:09 AM

I just bought a used 9” bandsaw at a garage sale. The guy who sold it to me said it was his wifes and she used to be into crafts (he knew nothing). I got to looking at it and I dont think its set up right. There are a couple of adjustable slots and a wheel that I assume the blade is supposed to run through or next to. They were set up behind the blade and not around it and doing nothing. I cannot make tight circular cuts with it as the blade flexes alot. I adjusted it some but not sure on how close this stuff is supposed to be. Please explain how it should be set up properly.
Thanks


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#1 posted 06-08-2009 06:52 AM

If you have the guides set close to your work you will not have the flex I assume you are talking about. Do you have the manual? Most is covered within. PM me for BS903 which I’d be glad to send you for the set up.

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 10:46 PM

For me I set the slot, or the blocks flanking the blade, no more than 1/16” clear on each side and behind the teeth of the blade. The wheel behind the blade I usually leave just a hair of space, about 1/32”. Tension the blade before doing the above adjustments, then hand crank it a few times to make sure the blade isn’t hitting anything. Lower the guide post/bearings as close to the work surface as possible to reduce blade flex. And use a wider blade if possible so you can tension some more and reduce flexing

I had a small bandsaw before which came with a 3/16” blade, and no matter how well I set it up the blade still flex. Maybe your Ryobi is better but I suspect mine cannot tension the blade enough, probably a cheap spring inside.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 12:34 AM

Thanks for the reply
So that wheel is supposed to be behind the blade not next to it or off to the side ??

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 01:01 AM

Hey Mike, take a look at page 21 of your manual and you’ll see the guide arrangement for the wheels. The wheels should be set with a paper thickness away from all wheels.

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