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Forum topic by FreeRangeWoodworker posted 04-02-2017 06:25 AM 718 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2017 06:25 AM

I have a Ryobi table top band saw. It has worked just fine since I bought it, but now all of a sudden the blade is drifting all over the place when I try to make a cut. I checked the tension nob for the blade, and it seems nice and snug. Any ideas?

-- Life is what you make of it.

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 11:14 AM

Back off the guides so that the blade is only touching the wheels. See if it will track without guide influence. If not, the problem lies in the wheels or blade. Tires may be shot or gunked up. Wheels may not be aligned. The blade might be twisted or kinked. If it tracks ok then the problem is in the guides which you may be able to adjust one at a time and find the problem.

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#2 posted 04-02-2017 04:44 PM

Depending on how much and of what woods you have been cutting. A dull blade would be my first thought. A blade with too many teeth for the material thickness would be the second.

Blades generally do not last as long as expected especially if you have been cutting harder woods or engineered materials.

If your material is on the thicker side, you would want to choose a blade with fewer teeth. Too many teeth do not allow sufficient gullet space to remove the sawdust created by the cut.

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#3 posted 04-02-2017 06:56 PM

I’d say the blade is getting dull.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.

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#4 posted 04-03-2017 12:19 AM

Yep, I had one for a while. A dull blade will cause that, or a blade where the teeth have lost their set. That can happen if the guides aren’t set properly.

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#5 posted 04-03-2017 05:14 PM

Thanks, guys.

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#6 posted 04-04-2017 03:26 AM

I would also check your tires for embedded sawdust and chips.

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