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Forum topic by Thrakintosh posted 02-12-2008 02:04 PM 1512 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thrakintosh

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02-12-2008 02:04 PM

Hi all! First post here…(actually, my second… I am cross posting this from another thread where it may have been buried…)

I’ve got the original 0555 with the riser block and it seems my wheels are not coplanar. When I adjust the upper wheel tracking to center the blade (a HH WoodSlicer) the blade rides towards the front of the lower wheel. When I checked the wheels with a straight edge it seems my bottom wheel’s top is not in plane with its lower rim and the top wheel.

Do I need a coplanar kit? If so, where can I get one within the US? The TuffTooth site requires a $50US minimum order and, welll.. I just dont have the ‘need’ for that much stuff at the moment.

Any other suggestions are welcome as well!

THANKS!

-- Adam - Red Hook, NY


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hotstick

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 05:51 AM

Hi Adam,

If you have the same saw as I, a Grizzly 0555, you can get help direct from the dealer. They have great tech support by phone (570.546.9663) or online at grizzly.com. i have both this saw as well as their 13” planer – molder. Whenever I had a problem with either, they have been very helpful. Hope this helps some.
Charles Coldwater, KY

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Peter Oxley

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 06:27 AM

I had a similar problem with my Grizzly bandsaw, and had to shim out the lower wheel. I just used big washers and sanded them flat.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com/woodworking -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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Karson

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 06:33 AM

Adam. The bottom wheel is held on the shaft with a set screw. You probably just need to loosen the set screw and move the wheel forward or back on the shaft to align it up with the top wheel. The top wheel is mounted with a bearing so it can’t be adjusted forward or back only a tilt.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Thrakintosh

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 02:45 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions! I did actually call Grizzly yesterday and had a long conversation with one of their techs about what I was finding. He actually suggested (and made the point) that I need to shim the front of the riser block. Because of the way the blade is tracking he demonstrated (as best one could do over the phone) that there may be a bit of play in the riser block causing the axis of the top wheel to be tilted slightly forward.

I’m going to cut up a coke can this weekend as a shim and will report back on my findings.

It is also possible that the wheels will still be “non-co-planar”. I’ll address that after I get the two wheel axes parallel.

Any additional thoughts…?

-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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Peter Oxley

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 03:35 PM

I shimmed my riser block as a first solution. You could give it a try. For me, it made the blades track okay, but I couldn’t adjust my upper guide bearings back far enough to use anything wider than a ½” blade.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com/woodworking -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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