Since the last post, I have shimmed and balanced the wheels on my BS14002, orange. It took 5 Home Depot 1/64" shims on the lower wheel to obtain coplanar alignment. The lower wheel's 12 millimeter bolt is reverse threaded, so be sure to crank clockwise if you attempt removal.
Upper wheel: The blade was removed from the saw. The wheel was spun. The heavy side of the wheel was found to be exactly opposite of the factory balancing attempt. I think the drilling dimples removed from the wheel's reverse at the factory could have remained in place.
Moving on- At Canadian Tire, I purchased a 10 pack of Daniellson 1/8 ounce lead egg weights from the fishing isle. These were flattened with pliers and each one was placed on a 3 inch piece of painters tape.
The balance process involved going just off centre (about 5 to 10 degrees) of the opposite (heavy) point on the wheel. The tape held the flattened weights to the wheels and a good balance was found in about one hour. With 7 weights placed, Automotive GOOP adhered them to the wheels, and the tape holding them stayed until the adhesive dried. Should this GOOP eventually fail, I will use epoxy. The lower wheel needed only 3 weights using the same process. Again, the balance dimples drilled out by factory staff was likely not required.
The next day, I went to try the "on-edge nickel test". The saw table was leveled, the nickel was balanced, and the switch was toggled for power. On his first attempt, the 5 cent, immortalized Canadian beaver stayed on his feet. I walked out of the garage for a few minutes to see how long he could endure this daring act. Upon my return, the provocative, paddle-tailed rodent remained upright. I had no choice now except to flip the switch off and end his task. The switch was powered off and our noble, national creature neither shook nor shuddered, a true testament to the industrious nature of this shiny icon.
The Ridgid saw may need more TLC than others to get it working this well, but I am sure that it will process more wood than I will ever need before I move on to my next tool. Should Ridgid release a new bandsaw, I may not purchase it. However, I may also not be dismissive. My own experiences with this Ridgid saw are good beginner steps on learning bandsaw territory including maintenance and general FYI's. Had I purchased a more expensive bandsaw, I am not sure I would have come out as ahead in the learning department as I feel now. Sometimes, value experienced in other ways is worth more than gold!