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    Hi. First time poster. I have a Ridgid 14" bandsaw. I use it to cut bow staves out of quartered trees. I'm ripping wood about 2" thick and about 6 feet long. I'm using a 1/2 inch blade.

    The bandsaw seems to dog out almost immediately when cutting. I have to constantly back the piece up, and move it forward again. So I end up cutting in 1/8 to 1/4 inch increments. Is this a tuning / setup issue, or am I just doing something beyond the saw's capabilities (I'm cutting hardwood, Ash, Hickory, Elm)? I don't mind going slow, but the push/backoff/push method seems to be the only thing that works.

    Also, I've got the blade tracking in the center of the top wheel, but I cant move the blade guide forward far enough to put the blocks right up to the gullet of the blade teeth. I run out of adjustment. How can I fix that?

    Thanks (I also posted this under the power tools forum)

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    Re: 14" bandsaw question

    Hi Billmac! Welcome to the forums.

    I don't think I can answer your question fully. I have the same bandsaw, but it doesn't see nearly the use yours does. I have done some resawing of hard woods (maple and walnut), but in fairly limited amounts. I'll post my thoughts, and hope some of the more knowledgeable folks here can bring some real information for you.

    The saw isn't very strong. However, it should be able to cut 2" thick chunks without too much trouble. I use a 1/2" 3tpi blade when resawing and it isn't laboring too awful much, even on a 4" wide board.

    Make sure you've accounted for drift. I imagine you're familiar with how to do this, but if you're not, you can find information on how to set your fence for drift in a number of sites. DIY Network has a good tune-up article for band saws that also discusses drift. http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/wk_too...278285,00.html

    It's a good idea to make sure the saw is tuned and everything is set properly before you start on drift adjustment. This tuning process will also probably get the guide bearings to their proper position relative to the blade. I've been able to get mine adjusted to each type of blade with only minor trouble. I just the other day switched out the thin 10tpi blade back to the resaw blade. It took just a little bit to get both upper and lower guide bearings and blocks into proper position. All in all it's now about a 10minute process for me to switch blades.

    One thing I have changed on mine is I went to a link belt drive belt. This one change has made the saw much more stable. I highly recommend these types of belts for the Ridgid bandsaw.

    Good luck, let us know how things progress!
    I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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    • #3
      Re: 14" bandsaw question

      Maybe its just time for a new blade, they don't last forever and Ash is pretty tough stuff.
      "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
      John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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      • #4
        Re: 14" bandsaw question

        Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
        Maybe its just time for a new blade, they don't last forever and Ash is pretty tough stuff.
        Thats what I was going to say, new blade.

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        • #5
          Re: 14" bandsaw question

          Triple ditto on the blade and consider a skiptooth or ??? (dang, I just lost it!) because you are performing what is essentially a resawing operation. With my new skiptooth I was resawing 6" wide cherry without any need to back up. Ahhh, I just checked at www.suffolkmachinery.com and the other type of blade I'm trying to recall is hook tooth. Now, these guys say that tose two blade designs are outmoded and that they have a better mousetrap, as it were. I got my blades for Lou Iturra who does not have a website but his phone number should be in the search engine (I'm at work or I'd share). He's a very nice guy who is happy to take his time to see what you need and why he feels that way. It was like talking to the guy at the old service station when they actually did any service! Have some fun and post some pics of those bows in their finished state.
          Later,
          Chiz
          Later,
          Chiz
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          • #6
            Re: 14" bandsaw question

            Originally posted by billmac View Post
            Also, I've got the blade tracking in the center of the top wheel, but I cant move the blade guide forward far enough to put the blocks right up to the gullet of the blade teeth. I run out of adjustment. How can I fix that?
            Is it just the top blade guide that won't move forward enough, or both top and bottom? How far off is the adjustment?

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            • #7
              Re: 14" bandsaw question

              Ya got me on the lack of adjustment. I originally had my blade tracking a little forward of center on the wheels and I still had room for adjusment. Something's not right but without seeing it I can't put my finger on it. I'll try to remember to check out the adjustment in the shop tomorrow.
              Later,
              Chiz
              Later,
              Chiz
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