This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Marshall L. Buhl)
Date: 17 Oct 90 23:47:41 GMT
I also recently acquired the Delta 14" w/ enclosed base. Did you have
to add washers or did you just have to tilt the wheel? I just read
this part of the book and I need to check mine out. I tilted my upper
wheel when I changed from the standard 1/4" blade to a 3/4" one so it
would track in the center of the wheel. Duginski seemed to think it's
more important to keep the wheels planar than to track in the center
of the wheel.
> I put a 3/4" blade
>on it and it resawed a 6" pine board beautifully (I'll let you know how the
>rock maple comes out). Mark says that 1/2" is the widest blade he'd put on a
>"consumer" saw, but I haven't had problems yet. What have the rest of you used?
When I got mine, the salesman recommended the 3/4" to me. I told him I
wanted to rip some 6" landscape timbers. I had no problem doing so. I
also ripped some 9' pine 2x10s with it too.
>I want to check out the cool blocks, but a question: Why aren't ball bearing
>guides used more often? Norm's Makita has them and I seem to recall Trendlines
>carrying them for the Delta (though they aren't in the Delta catalog). What's
>the story here?
Yea. What is the story? Which works better? Does the lubrication from
the cool block reduce heat build-up more as the blade cuts through the
On a slightly different subject...
I noticed that Duginski thought 1/2 HP was insufficient. Since the
enclosed base Delta is 3/4 and the open base is 1/2, I'm glad I got
the more expensive model now. Is 1/2 HP really not enough?
I've found Duginski's "Bandsaw Handbook" to be quite helpful. I've
never used a bandsaw until recently and after reading about half the
book, I realize I knew next to nothing about using one. I don't feel so
ignorant now. If only I could acquire some talent to go with the
He's motivated me into making sure my saw is correctly aligned. I'm
ready to go out and buy a few more blades too. I'd like something
smaller than the 1/4" that came with the saw.