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#1 posted 12-03-2018 03:54 PM

I have been using a bandsaw now for nearly 60 years. My WW-2 vintage cast iron Walker-Turner bandsaw has flat tires and works beautifully. My position on all of this is let the blade find a stable position it likes on its own with the guides moved away from the blade. Then I move the guides up to the blade and adjust them to the blade, NOT the blade to the guides! Bandsaw “drift” to me is once the blade is running stably and smoothly, it seems to cut a slight bit off-square with the table. Not a problem. Just slightly adjust your fence angle to work with the blade “drift”. On the other hand, you can fight the problem and spend scads of time doing it with the likely outcome being no change in the end.

Now I know others will say this is wrong, but I happily go on accurately making things on my bandsaw with no problem at all while these “others” are still driving themselves nuts trying to correct something that doesn’t really need correcting. And one more thing. I rarely use a bandsaw fence. I have learned how to make good straight cuts to a pencil line. Not hard to do. But a fence is necessary for re-sawing a board or log. The fence still works fine for this when aligned with the blade cutting preference.

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