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33 Re: Bandsaw Book Review + My Experiences

From: sgs8r@hagar5.acc.Virginia.EDU (Steve Strickland)
Date: 18 Oct 90 06:58:25 GMT

In article <marshall.656207261@wind55> marshall@wind55.seri.gov (Marshall L.
Buhl) writes: > >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. > Actually, I
must confess that I initially lined it up with the 1/4" blade (using a board
jointed on my jointer) and I just needed to tweak the tilt adjustment a tad.
When I put on the 3/4" I just spun the wheels by hand and it seemed to track OK
(at the new tension), with the blade pretty well centered on the tire, so I
just forged ahead. I'll get around to checking the alignment soon. I just
wanted to do a quick experiment.


Speaking of the tire, that brings up a minor (?) problem I had when I first set
up the saw. It seems that the tires were too loose or something. They felt
quite snug, but when the saw came up to speed, the centrifugal force caused
the tires to pull away from the wheel where they weren't being held on by the
band. After 30 seconds or so, the tire(s) would derail, causing a major racket.
Again, when putting them back on, they felt pretty tight. Anyway, not wanting
to futz around getting them checked out and replaced or whatever, and not be
able to use the saw for however long, I just glued them to the wheels with
Weldbond, and I haven't had any further problems. I figure when I get around to
having to replace the tires I should be able to peel them off without too much
trouble (?). In any case, I'm still a bit mystified.

>
>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?
>
It's been fine so far. I just figure since I have this extra motor lying
around, I may as well upgrade. On occasion (when flattening hardwood boards) my
jointer seems like it could stand a bit more oomph (it has a 3/4 HP now) and I
figure if I start resawing maple on the bandsaw it couldn't hurt to have a bit
more there as well.




 

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