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Forum topic by MAS520 posted 03-26-2018 11:24 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2018 11:24 PM

I have a WEN 10 inch bandsaw. Bought it last year and it has been great. Two days ago I tried to cut a two-inch piece of heavy PVC. The saw came to an abrupt stop almost immediately. I turned it off. When I turned it on there was a loud CLUNK and then it ran perfectly. I looked it over and could find nothing obviously wrong. However since then whenever I try to use it the blade immediately begins deflecting to the left. I have adjusted the bearings per the owners manual and the WEN helpline to no effect. IF ANYONE CAN OFFER SOME INSIGHT I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

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#1 posted 03-26-2018 11:36 PM

Sounds like you ran the blade into something (which caused the abrupt stop), and then the ‘clunk’ you heard was it popping off whatever it was that it hit. Doing so probably trashed the teeth which is now causing it to pull to the side. Got no idea what it was that it hit, but my bet would be the guides not being set properly and the teeth hitting them. Put a new blade on there, set it up as per the obligatory Alex Snodgrass bandsaw tune up video, and you should be good to go.


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#2 posted 03-27-2018 12:17 AM

This can happen easily with any round stock in not held tight when cutting. The blades forces the stock forward slightly and by doing so the teeth grab on to a higher spot and jam themselves in the piece. It will feel like it jumped on you. I had this happen a couple times. If the blade is not cutting right you can check things out but you may have bent the blade.

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#3 posted 03-27-2018 08:03 PM

Thanks Brad and Dave appreciated.

-- Mark,Oelwein Iowa Cardinal Fan!

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#4 posted 03-27-2018 08:07 PM

Did the blade deflect any when you went in? If so it could have caught on something which caused it to bind up and bent it out of place. Its all good to align the bearings, but if the piece the bearings are on are crooked, then it doesn’t matter. Also, look over all the teeth to see if one is skewed out of place from hitting something.

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