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43 Bandsaws

From: wross@ius3.ius.cs.cmu.edu (William Ross)
Date: 17 Dec 90 18:53:12 GMT

I just bought a Grizzly 14" bandsaw. It looks like it is
pretty solid. Nice stand, motor and table. It was delivered
promptly and service seems ok. A few problems:

Some parts are made of cheap pot-metal. The lower
blade-guide bracket was broken on arrival. They are
shipping me a new one.

The instructions are very poor. Although I really didn't
have much trouble assembling it, some folks might.

The rip fence and miter gauge are pretty crummy.

For the price, I'm not disappointed.

Some questions:

How do I know what the correct blade tension is?

Are there simple/cheap mods I should make to my
Grizzly to improve it?

The 120AC motor says: "AMPS 6/12" Does this mean
it is a 12 amp at 120 and 6 at 240?

Does anyone have a good "bandsaw tricks, tuning and
maintenence" book to recommend?

There was a good article in a past issue of FineWoodworking. It talked
about plucking the blade like the string of a guitar and listening to
the resulting note.

ARE THERE SIMPLE/CHEAP MODS I SHOULD MAKE TO MY
GRIZZLY TO IMPROVE IT?

I bought a Taiwanese saw that I spent a great deal of time on trying to
turn a "sow's ear into a silk purse." I finally gave in and bought a Delta.
Some of my mods were stiffening the stand to lower vibration, truing up
the wheels, replacing the metal blade guides with a hard oily wood (Ipe),
rubber shock mounts for the motor, aligning the upper wheel, etc.

THE 120AC MOTOR SAYS: "AMPS 6/12" DOES THIS MEAN
IT IS A 12 AMP AT 120 AND 6 AT 240?

That would be my guess.

DOES ANYONE HAVE A GOOD "BANDSAW TRICKS, TUNING AND
MAINTENENCE" BOOK TO RECOMMEND?

Several people have mentioned Duginske's book on bandsaws (the larger of
the two he wrote). I've got it on my Xmas list.




 

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