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Forum topic by buck_cpa posted 05-02-2015 04:35 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2015 04:35 PM

I have a 14” rikon bandsaw. I can’t seem to keep the blade “buried” between the guide bearings. I tension the blade all day long, but I can’t seem to keep things aligned. If someone has advise or an article I should read, please share. This has been causing issues especially when I’m cutting circles with my circle jig. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 04:41 PM

In the picture above, it looks like you have your side guides set too far back… they should be farther forward so the edge is just at the back end of the blade gullet. Rear thrust guide should be set as close as possible to the back of the blade as well, but can’t really see where you have it in that picture.

Here is the obligatory band saw setup video that everyone should watch:
Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Watch it and see if his technique works for you.


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#2 posted 05-02-2015 05:52 PM

Try some Carter blade guides for you model. These will change your entire bandsaw for the better.

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 05:58 PM

Mr Unix solved the problem for you. Get your user manual out and adjust per Mr Unix’s suggestion.

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 06:13 PM

From what I’m reading, you are able to get it setup properly, but it moves on you, correct? If so, you need to make sure the deepest part of the gullet is actually centered on your top wheel, which will require adjusting the tilt of the wheel. Once you get that set up, it shouldn’t move out of position anymore.

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#5 posted 05-02-2015 10:17 PM

Please make sure when you tighten it all up after setting it all up,you do so effectively .If the bearings and guides slacken and move your going to get into trouble and cause damage which sadly costs money to remedy.Not needed imho.Alistair

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 12:11 PM

The video that MrUnix suggests is very good. Set your saw per his suggestions and you will do well.
The only thing I didn’t see/hear was addressing dullness/set. If the blade is dull it will not cut well (duh..).
The teeth are bent to allow kerf. If you hit something metal inside the wood, and yes, I have hit metal inside plywood; the blade will be dulled and possibly the set will be ruined. The only remedy is a new blade. Good luck.

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#7 posted 05-04-2015 01:50 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies. MrUnix – thanks so much for sharing the video. That was super helpful – and entertaining. I didn’t realize that the bandsaw guide assembly could be moved forward. I went through all the steps in the video and got my setup pretty tight. The owner’s manual for my rikon does not have instructions on a full alignment.

After watching that video I’m convinced I need another bandsaw!

Thanks again everyone!!!

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