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Posted on Why would a band saw bog down?

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 05:31 AM

Is it a capacitor motor, or a fan motor? I replaced the 1/4 horse Westinghouse that was original on my early-50s Atlas Press Co band saw with a 1/2 horse fan motor and was very disappointed with the performance. Fortunately I had a Dayton 3/4 horse motor from the ‘70s, made in the USA, still new in the box (thanks dad). It made all the difference.

Like the others said, the blade matters too. I resaw a lot of mesquite and can tell when it’s time to retire the blade. Not because the saw is bogging down, but because I’m having to push the wood too hard into the blade.

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