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Posted on Why does my bandsaw blade track towards the front of the wheel?

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 08:10 PM

The problem with saying band saw wheels are supposed to be coplanar is:

1) it presumes the three high end, 14” saws I’ve seen that are like mine, and including mine, do not have coplanar wheels and were built years apart, so the statement indicates Powermatic has been building defective saws for decades;

2) it would only take seconds to set the saws to coplaner, with the upper wheel at a given tilt, since manufacturing techniques are such that thousands of machines would be built to the same tolerances (think in terms of nails, for nail guns), so the same shims could be used on each one to get to where you want it;

3) as I noted, above, it’s not likely companies like Powermatic (and Jet), Grizzley, Laguan and so on are going to ignore the problem at the expense of sales; and,

4) as many of us indicate, we cut without drift using non-coplanar wheels.

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