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#1 posted 12-04-2018 04:54 PM

Forget Snodgrass. You are not the only person he has frustrated with his “one way fits all” approach. For one things, not all bandsaws are made with coplanar wheels, and second they don’t all have crowned tires. Third, I wonder why the manuals for both my saws (Rikon and Jet) have a section called “Adjusting for Drift”.

[rant]So its no surprise that I totally disagree with the idea that a bandsaw should have no drift. It is not possible to adjust it out with Snodgrass’ methods with some saws, and second, so what? You just adjust the fence or table to it. I’ve been doing that for 30 years it takes all of 1 minute.

WADR, IMO it just hype for ww’ing shows. [/rant]

I think the best way is to adjust for drift is with the TABLE, not the FENCE. You do this by setting the fence parallel to the slot, then loosen the table from the trunnion and adjust the fence till you are sawing parallel to the blade track. With this method, a new blade can be tracked back into zero drift.

Michael Fortune has a video on this I recommend you check it out.

The wider the blade you use when doing this, the more accurate you will be.

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