Band Saw problem Rikon 10-324

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Forum topic by nutmegger13 posted 11-08-2017 10:59 PM 1969 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2017 10:59 PM

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Hello I have a Rikon bandsaw model 10-324. I bought the updated guide kit which I like. Recently I bought a 3/16 4 TPI blade from Timberwolf. I want to make some bandsaw boxes. I am having a very difficult time getting the blade to stay on the wheels without popping off. I am adjusting the top wheel to try to keep it centered and also adjusting the tension. The blade does not stay centered on the top wheel without a whole lot of fiddling. Other blades I have, 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch are no problem. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 11-09-2017 12:03 AM

If you install the blade centered and first set the tension correctly you should not have to fiddle with the tension to adjust the blade position. All you should need to do is adjust the upper wheel tracking. At least that’s how it works for me with a 3/16” blade.

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#2 posted 11-09-2017 09:27 PM

Thanks for the advise. Maybe I am not tensioning the blade correctly. I noticed that the preset factory settings are off from what they should be. Am I correct in tensioning it so it can only be deflected 1/4 inch when pushed midway between the upper wheel and table? Thanks you again.

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#3 posted 11-09-2017 11:00 PM

dump the t-wplf. there’s a reason they are often sold 4 for the price of three, and consistently quality welds are not the reasons for the discounts. try Iturra Designs. Lou knows how to weld a band saw blade. get at least one blade form Lou so you can diagnose your issues, then experiment w lesser blades, like Timberwolf.

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