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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #15 - Apr 15th, 2014 at 9:34pm
 
Glad to hear you got things set up and running smooth. Now you can set your fence and forget it.
I don't know what type of cutting you or anyone else here does but a word of caution about 3tpi blades. Yes they are good for knocking off corners and roughing logs down to manageable size, but anything  1" or less and it's another story.
Rule of thumb is to have 3 teeth MINIMUM in the stock at any given time, for standard 3/4" stock that means a 4tpi blade. I would say (I'm generalizing here) that a good all around blade for "turners" would be a 4tpi blade.
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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #16 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 12:57pm
 
I watched the video several times and downloaded the PDF in the link that Ed provided.

Went out to the shop armed with all of the new knowledge and proceeded to "tune up" the old Rikon 10-325.

WOW!!! What a difference, I didn't know how bad the original setup was until I re-tuned it. Was able to cut some 3/32" veneer slabs from a piece of Mahogany about 4" wide. Consistent thickness all across the width of the veneer. Very little if any drift, now have the rip fence parallel to the guide slots on the table.  Thumbs Up  Thumbs Up
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Reply #17 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 3:56pm
 
well guys,
when i found this vid i actually was searching for vids on making drawers. i noticed that yes he had carter products shirt on but also noticed he did say this is bot a commercial for carter products. if you want after the demo stay & he would talk to you about carter products. this is a demo on how to tune, adjust a BS & how to change blades to correct for drift.

since i have never done really any flat work or reaLLY AM NOT A EXPERT AT ANY type of flat work machine. when i set up my rikon 10-325 following the mfg's specs on setting & adjusting it i have never been able to cut a nice straight line especially get a nice straight bowl blank from a log.

I like how easily he made it look & using a 1/4" blade too.  on my rikon it really is a bear to adjust the bottom guides crawling under the table. doing it this way maybe a bit of a PITA by taking off the table but at least it seems like a lot easier method then what rikon says to do. so I'm going to give it a shot & by what Ron just said he did his rikon & it cuts a lot better makes me think that mine will also do the same.

i didn't mean to cause strife I( just wanted input from you guys with more experience with wood machines than i have to see what you thought of doing it this way/
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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #18 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 4:07pm
 
Chuck,
As info, I did NOT remove the table, was able to accomplish what I needed to do by just removing the plate in the center of the table. As you know, the 10-325 guides are not quite as user friendly as the ones in the video.

One other thing that I found out, my tension was waaaaaayyyyyy too tight, I use a 3 tpi, 1/2" Ellis blade for everything.

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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #19 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 4:15pm
 
It's all good Chuck, I'm glad you posted this.
We already have a couple of members that have improved their setup and should make it easier to do so in the future.
I really see no reason to remove the table unless absolutely necessary. You should be able to back off and/or adjust the lower bearings (or guide blocks) to allow enough room to do what ever you need.
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Reply #20 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 7:09pm
 
Ron & Chuck,
I upgraded my Rikon with carter guides.  A huge difference in performance.  The micro adjustable tool less design is terrific.  The Rikon 10-325 is a great saw but the guides are terrible.  The downside is the Carter guides are pretty pricey.  Oh well, turning has a shop vac on my wallet anyway.
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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #21 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 9:53pm
 
Ron Carrabotta wrote on Apr 18th, 2014 at 4:07pm:
my tension was waaaaaayyyyyy too tight

Ron, I found that also.  It makes a big difference.

Chuck, Great post.  It may have caused some "discussion"  But we have all learned from it.  Thanks.
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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #22 - Apr 19th, 2014 at 9:46am
 
Len Layman wrote on Apr 18th, 2014 at 9:53pm:
It may have caused some "discussion"  But we have all learned from it.


That  the whole thing in a nut shell. As long as the "discussions" remain friendly, it's all good.  Smiley

Now that some of you have your tools tracking and/or running better, I think you will find that it's much easier to use sleds and jigs.
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Reply #23 - Apr 20th, 2014 at 5:33am
 
Ron,
good to know i really didn't want to take the table off my 10-325. so i'll try doing it without taking it off. even myself being a newbie using a BS i really don't think the rikon guides are very good or that just maybe me not adjusting them correctly ??
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Reply #24 - Jun 29th, 2014 at 6:02pm
 
Thank you for posting that.  I just got my first band saw last week.  It's used and already set up, but I really didn't have the experience base to know what was set up right or wrong.  That video went a long way towards showing me some things I'll need to know.
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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #25 - Jun 30th, 2014 at 2:26pm
 
After ordering my new band saw, I watched this video three times.

When the saw arrived, I set it up as directed in the video, despite the fact that the manual did state that the blade should be centered in the wheel.

The thing cut true and cleanly, and when I change blades, as he said in the video, the alignment stays the same. No readjustment is needed. The gullet is the gullet, regardless of the blade width.

Oh, and +1 for Ellis blades. The only issue is that you must have a minimum order of $50. Get about 5 or 6 blades for that price. Last and cut as well as any Timberwolf blade that costs three times what Ellis charges per blade.
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Re: Interesting vid on setting up & changing Bandsaw blade
Reply #26 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 11:06am
 
I saw this video earlier this year and my band saw began to cut straight lines for the first time. Great advice
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