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  • HELP With New Bandsaw

    I'm having some bad luck on this bandsaw. This one is my second one. The first one had to be returned because the casting was severly cracked due to what seemed to be handling damage. Anyways, I've got this one almost all the way assembled and turned it on for a trial run. It seems that I'm having a pretty harsh vibration problem. The pulleys are well aligned and I think I have the belt tensioned pretty good per the instructions, but when I turn it on, I can actually see the top half of the machine vibrate. Of course, I can feel it too. I did tension and track the blade and set the guides.

    One other issue that comes up is the motor. It's advertised as a 3/4 hp TEFC, but clearly states on its label 1/2 hp. Why is this??? Help!!!

    Chris
    See my woodshed at <a href=\"http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94</a>

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    Well... I found the vibration problem. The tires are, for lack of better words, out of round. The wheels appear to be pretty well balanced, but the tires are noticably varying thicknes causing an eccentric situation. The vibration is so bad that the upper door wobbles while running. Now what do I do???

    Chris

    Also, I still don't know about the 1/2 hp motor that came with this saw. Could this be why it had a hard time when resawing during WOOD's testing???
    See my woodshed at <a href=\"http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94</a>

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    • #3
      I am sure that Jake will respond to this thread, but you may wish to email him directly through this board. My BS1401 also had a spurious label. If you look at the number of amps, you will discover that the amperage is consistent with 3/4 hp. I am certain that Ridgid, through Jake, will cure these problems.

      Resawing is a breeze with the stock motor. You will probably find, as did I, that a sharp 3 tpi hook tooth blade will slice through any hardwood you wish with ease. The stock blade is insufficient for any serious resawing.

      Good luck,

      MikeN

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      • #4
        To Burrfree: according to your earlier post 9/12/02 you incorectly state Wood is wrong as per the two explanations from Wood & Ridgid. You state your saw is Made in Taiwan the one Wood tested is made in China and according to the test results/specs in Wood Mag the one made in China has a 3/4 hp motor and according to you your's has a 1/2 hp. Dosen't appear you're comparing apples to apples?? Hope you get things straightened out to your satisfaction!
        Ross

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        • #5
          Ross,

          The first bandsaw I received was in fact a Taiwan made machine. It was damaged and returned. The second one was a chinese made unit with a motor labeled as 1/2 hp. I'm comparing apples to apples.

          I did recieve an email from Jake today. He said that the motors from the bandsaw and the motors from their line of drill presses were cross labeled.

          Chris
          See my woodshed at <a href=\"http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94</a>

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          • #6
            To set the record straight, I thought I would post that through direct emails, I believe Jake has corrected my problem. It's sure nice to have someone to advocate the end consumer when issues arrise. A big thank you to Jake and Ridgid.

            Chris
            See my woodshed at <a href=\"http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.picturetrail.com/sweet94</a>

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