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Better Shop Series #1: Easy Bandsaw Tune Up and Set Up

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Blog entry by TimberBiscuit posted 02-07-2022 07:32 PM 1027 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this video, I’ll show you how to tune up your bandsaw to get it running smooth and cutting perfectly. These tips can be applied to any brand or style to make sure your bandsaw is always in tiptop shape and keep it running optimally so you can get the best cuts possible. I will go over how to do blade tensioning, blade alignment, aligning the fence to the miter slot, aligning the tabletop to the blade, and squaring the fence and blade to the tabletop. It’s time to fix that drifting blade and uneven thickness in your cuts.

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-- Shane Mitchell - YouTube.com/c/timberbiscuitwoodworks - TimberBiscuitWoodworks.com



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#1 posted 02-07-2022 10:02 PM

With the gullet centered on the wheel, is the back of the blade hanging off of the wheel?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 02-07-2022 10:08 PM



With the gullet centered on the wheel, is the back of the blade hanging off of the wheel?

- Rich

Hey Rich, no it’s not hanging off, but if you have smaller tires and a wide blade you can center the blade on the wheel.

-- Shane Mitchell - YouTube.com/c/timberbiscuitwoodworks - TimberBiscuitWoodworks.com

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#3 posted 02-08-2022 04:03 AM

Two more questions. Why is it important for the gullet to be centered on the wheel? And, why is where the blade tracks on the bottom wheel not important?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 02-08-2022 04:14 AM



Two more questions. Why is it important for the gullet to be centered on the wheel? And, why is where the blade tracks on the bottom wheel not important?

- Rich

Centering the gullet on the tire ensures the blade runs straight and reduces drift or binding. And your bottom wheel should match the upper wheels track so when you make the adjustments, you only need to look at the top wheel. Hope that helps!

-- Shane Mitchell - YouTube.com/c/timberbiscuitwoodworks - TimberBiscuitWoodworks.com

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#5 posted 02-08-2022 04:23 AM


Centering the gullet on the tire ensures the blade runs straight and reduces drift or binding. And your bottom wheel should match the upper wheels track so when you make the adjustments, you only need to look at the top wheel. Hope that helps!

- TimberBiscuit

I’ve always accounted for drift by angling the fence. Am I wrong?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 02-08-2022 12:39 PM


Centering the gullet on the tire ensures the blade runs straight and reduces drift or binding. And your bottom wheel should match the upper wheels track so when you make the adjustments, you only need to look at the top wheel. Hope that helps!

- TimberBiscuit

I ve always accounted for drift by angling the fence. Am I wrong?

- Rich

That’s one way to do it but like I said if you’re doing that then the blade may not be square to the miter slot. It’s better to get the fence, blade, and miter slot all aligned.

-- Shane Mitchell - YouTube.com/c/timberbiscuitwoodworks - TimberBiscuitWoodworks.com

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