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Forum topic by Clarkswoodworking posted 04-22-2018 03:43 AM 441 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2018 03:43 AM

I have an older craftsman 12” bandsaw
Not the one with the tilting head it looks more like a jet
Anyway I have upgraded it with bearings and a new quality re-saw blade
Now drift!
I can get perfect cuts without drift
No re- adjusting the fence
Now I feel this is mostly due to having massive tension on the blade
Knowing your machine and adjusting it properly seems to be the biggest problem people have when things are not going there way
Just my opinion

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#1 posted 04-22-2018 05:27 AM

so check out this video with Alex Snodgrass on band saw set up.
I had the same issue, and as soon as I set up my bandsaw the way he shows in the video all was good.
No more blade drift.

-- John

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#2 posted 04-22-2018 11:42 AM

+1 on band saw setup

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 04-22-2018 11:52 AM

Completely agree. Watching that video about a year ago completely changed the way I set up my bandage…
Coincidentally, I recently had to replace my tension rod in my Jet, so I bought their AccuRight Ratchet-Rod. I didn’t buy it so much for the ratchet, but for the nice thick acme ridges. So far I can say I’m a fan of the red itself… But Will probably wind up replacing the ratcheting handle with a spare 3/8” drive socket. I’ve found switching the ratchet direction to not be too easy (I wind up pulling the knob off, switching and putting it back on) and really I’d rather just spin a handle than turn a knob. Though I was prepared for that thought going in, so I’m not too upset about the knob’s usefulness for me.
I’d still recommend it if you ever need to replace the tension rod.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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