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Posted on If you haven't set up your bandsaw the Alex Snodgrass way

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 03:26 PM

Plus if its a flat wheel, what difference would it make where the gullets lie? for drift.

- rwe2156

because most bandsaw tires aren t flat, they re crowned, as I understand it. Mine are.

- CharlesA

The vast majority of European saws have flat tires (Minimax, Felder, Hammer, Laguna and Agazzani for example). His methods are aimed mainly toward small lightweight saws.

- AHuxley

Really? I can’t say I’ve inspected the tires of many European saws, but that would seem… ill advised. I would wonder what the design rational is. The crown is pretty important unless we are talking about metal-cutting saws (which spin MUCH slower), .

The crown ensures that the blade stays in position when it is spinning at high speed. It’s all about centrifugal force. When you swing a bucket of water up and over your head, it doesn’t spill on your head because the force is pushing it away from the center of rotation and is overcoming gravity. With a bandsaw blade, the blade will stick to the crown because it is trying to move as far from center as it can. It is being subjected to a significant amount of centrifugal force because it is being spun around your wheel.

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