Tool Mods #2: Ridgid Bandsaw Stabilization Complete

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Blog entry by AmandasHusband posted 01-15-2012 03:25 PM 10653 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been working on this bandsaw for quite a while now.

Early last year I replaced the belt and changed the tires and put a mobile base under her. Then, back over the summer, I bought some lead tape and balanced the wheels. I also replaced the stock blade with a 1/4” Olson one. The guy at Woodcraft talked me out of the Timberwolf. Why, I’ll never know. This thing barely cuts better than the stock blade.

Anyway, back in the fall, as this thing is still vibrating too much for me, I decided to replace those little rubber “shock absorber” things the motor sits on. So I cut a little piece of MDF out and mounted the motor on that.

Still too much vibration.

So a few weeks ago, when my parents were here for Christmas, exactly a year after my dad and I put it together, the two of us remounted this thing with a piece of MDF hopefully stabilizing the base.

So I believe I’m done fooling with this thing. It’s got about 10 minutes runtime on it and about 7 man hours of mod time.

But I’m not complaining. I got to know quite a bit about the bandsaw, I got to spend some time in the garage, I got to spend some time in the garage with my dad, and the bandsaw is vibration free.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 03:49 PM

I found a Ridgid bandsaw on Craig’s List for $125. It had hardly been used, but it had sat long enough that the rubber belts the blade rides on were rotten. I set of new urethane belts from Grizzly made it run like new. I also have a Rikon 10-325 that I bought first and my Ridgid saw runs as vibration free as my Rikon. I must have gotten lucky more than once. To change from a 3/4” blade to a 1/4” blade on the Rikon is quick, but changing all the blade support bearings each time takes about 30 minutes. Having two saws is a big improvement for my shop. I love Craig’s List!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 06:21 PM


I just bought this saw last week.
I’ve ordered some cool blocks and plan to make a mobile base for it later today. I think I’ll get a link belt for it. I know that when I put a link belt on my table saw it made a huge difference. Mine doesn’t seem to vibrate so much as it “buzzes”. Not sure whats going on there. Have you done any resawing with your saw?


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 07:15 PM

Adding the MDF was probably the best thing. My stand had a terrible flex and I just couldn’t damp it. I tried using a link belt but, no-go. I added a piece of 3/4 ply and all the shaking was gone.

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 09:17 PM

Yeah mac, the MDF across the stand was the best thing for it. It never really vibrated that bad. But got a ton better with the MDF.

The belt swap was the 2nd best thing I did. The stock one was pretty pretty pretty pretty warped.

Cool blocks will possibly be an addition down the road Bagtown. But with me barely using a bandsaw, it’s not high on my tool want list yet.

I haven’t done any resawing. Have read where a few people had. But you wont find many that use this little guy for it.

Hal, I replaced the tires (which is what it sounds like you did) last March or April. I thought that may help the vibration. But it didn’t. But I agree with you, Craigslist is sweet.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 09:25 PM

Nice job. Pics on my link below show what I did for my Ridgid BS. With a few simple mods, this BS can become a really nice tool. I truly enjoy using mine now.

What I did:

base stabilization
link belt
eurathane wheels
balanced wheels
Timberwold blade
Cool Blocks

I resaw oak, walnut and maple easily with a decent feed rate.


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#6 posted 01-15-2012 09:54 PM

Same saw here. I did all the same mods at you and bullethead, except for the tires. I have a Woodslicer in it and it’s a decent saw, still I haven’t had awesome success with resawing yet—just enough to get by.

Get a new blade, I’d take the Olson back to Woodcraft and purchase the Timberwolf. Tell them they were wrong. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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