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EugdOT

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04-30-2019 02:53 AM

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I bought my band saw a 4 few years and have not used it much making mostly cuts that were not safe with my table saw and recently wanted to start resawing more stock and getting more use out of it. I put a riser block on it right after purchasing it. I noticed that when I tighten the top screw on the unit that goes on to the elongated up and down bar it scues to the left making the right top barring tighter to the blade and I can’t adjust it away with enough recommended clearance. I took it off unit off and there sesames to make a small 1/8 hole in the bar. I was thinking maybe the hole is off by a hair or not large enough for the set screw to seat the upper baring unit. I called grizzly tech support and honestly thought they would have been more familiar with the issues. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-30-2019 06:30 PM

Anyone with a grizzly bs and a riser kit have any ideas? That can shed a light on the issues.

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#2 posted 04-30-2019 11:37 PM

Wish I could assist. I have a G0555 and bought the riser kit almost a year ago, but have not installed it yet, because I still have some of the shorter blade to use up. Once that happens, I’ll try installing the riser kit.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#3 posted 05-01-2019 01:03 AM

Don’t own g0555 with riser block.
Have owned 3 similar 14” band saws, two with riser?
[I move a lot, and sell tools not easy to move …..]

IMHO – the riser block is an evil upgrade to any 14” band saw.
I say riser block is evil for one reason:
The extra height puts greater demand on all the parts to be machined, assembled, and adjusted more accurately than on a saw without riser. Both tools I owned with riser block were total PIA to get upper blade guide set properly.

Suggest you begin by squaring the table to blade with all guides loose and backed off (or removed). Then check if the vertical riser bar is square to table and parallel to blade.
If it is not; this has to be fixed before you have any hope of setting the blade guides. If need to adjust vertical guide post (likely IME), probably have to tear saw down in steps (after setting table square to blade path for reference point).

1) Check castings that support the vertical bar: are they free of defects, and keep bar position square in any position? [plumb bob helps you see if things move as your make adjustments)
No, fix it, or replace parts.

2) Check the riser block installation: Did it add any tilt or change angle of head casting/guide bar when installed?
Yes, fix it, or remove riser.

Had issues with used Delta 14” I bought with riser already installed. Had to remove and reinstall the rise kit, needing to use flat file to adjust the mating surfaces between the cast iron and riser block to stop head shifting out of square as bolts tightened. Guessing the reason I got the saw so cheap, was the previous owner was tired of fidgeting around with the blade guide changes due head misalignment.

Totally regret trying to give a Ridgid 14” band saw the riser block upgrade.
Saw worked ok before riser block upgrade, after had issues with blade guide positioning. Replaced lower blade guide holder due hole was not bored exactly 90 degrees, and that helped some. Like the Delta owned years earlier, found the cast iron machining on the joints where riser block attaches were not flat. It was so bad, could see the head tilt in two directions with/without riser (using a plumb bob). While I eventually got the riser block working on Ridgid, had to remove it due vibration issues. With riser block and properly tensioned 1/2” blade the saw had too much vibration to keep wood flat on table. Worked well with less tension, but not when using the blades that would use the riser block added capabilities.

Even if you saw doesn’t have same issues, hope this gives some clues on what to look for.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#4 posted 05-01-2019 01:33 AM

Thanks captain definitely a lot of good into. Earlier today i check everything all over again I think my problem is the vertical bar. I don’t think it’s flat and square throwing off the upper guide unit. The table is square to and level to the blade. Blade is square to the table on three sides. The problem is the right bearings due to the upper unit skewed To the left because when the top most set screw is tightened it doesn’t allow my right bearing to move away from the blade. I am going to try to reinstall the vertical arm tomorrow and file it flat. Hopefully that helps. But I definitely will be using your resources to help problem solve further

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#5 posted 05-02-2019 03:29 AM

Just a quick update. I drilled out the hole on the bottom of the vertical bar and was able to use some blue painters tape to help snug up the upper barring assembly and decrease slipping. Then reattached the barring assembly to the vertical bar. Much better fit with minimal skewing. I was able to back away both upper bearing this time with out shifting the upper unit since it was not skewed or loose. Tracked the blade Then took off the table and made it square and level to the blade sure The bearings were with in a 16th distance, retensioned the blade with a bit less tension. Then did some tests cuts and significantly better results from resawing and double checked with calipers.
Also did some ripping longer stock and cuts much better. Thanks for the info captainklutz. It definitely helped now I’m gonna build a better resaw fence because the stock fence just is too short.

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#6 posted 05-02-2019 08:23 PM

Glad to read you got it working.
Thanks for sharing another example of why I think riser block upgrades are evil…...
YMMV

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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