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Forum topic by Jim Finn posted 08-07-2020 08:42 PM 448 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Finn

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08-07-2020 08:42 PM

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I always remove the table on my Grizzly GO555 band saws to change blades and make adjustments. Easy to take off but tricky to replace. The problem I have had is getting the knobs back on the bolts that attach the table to the saw trunnion. The bolt is in there so loosely that it raises up, out of reach with the slightest pressure that is required to get the knob threads started on the bolt. Today I took off the trunnion brackets that hold these bolts in place and inserted a block of wood above the head of that bolt and re-installed the trunnion bracket. This block of wood stops the bolt from moving too far up as I try to start the knob onto it. Works well! The blocks of wood I used measure 2 3/4”x 3’4” x 3/8” thick. It just sets in there but it could also be held in place to the top of the bolt with silicone caulk. The table will still tilt if needed, although I never tilt it, myself.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas


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ibewjon

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#1 posted 08-07-2020 10:56 PM

If I had to take the table off my bandsaw to change the blade, it would be sold asap. Maybe to make some adjustments, but why would taking the table off make it easier to change blades? Please educate me.

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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 08-07-2020 11:23 PM

It makes it easier to adjust the guides. Makes them very accessible. Especially the lower guides. Also easier to install the blade. Trying to adjust the lower guides for a different size blade can be difficult with the table in the way.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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Steve

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#3 posted 08-08-2020 01:01 AM

This is why I have 2 14” bandsaws. lol

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Redoak49

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#4 posted 08-08-2020 01:30 AM

I have a Jet 16” with the same problem and will try this the next time I change blades.

I can change blades without removing the table but adjusting the guides is difficult without removing the table.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 08-08-2020 01:32 AM

Hi Jim, I thought it was difficult to get at the adjustment screws when I got my G0555…so I made these 2 tools that make it so easy. One is an extended Allen wrench to get at the socket head cap screws to move the guide rollers in and out and to lock them in place. The other one is long slotted wrench to work the thumb screws that lock the in and out placement of the roller guides. They are both 8” long and make it easy to reach these screws—-especially on the bottom.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-08-2020 05:50 AM

If I had to take the table off my bandsaw to change the blade, it would be sold asap.
- ibewjon

+1

I use a long T-handled hex wrench to adjust my guides under the table.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Jim Finn

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#7 posted 08-08-2020 08:29 PM



This is why I have 2 14” bandsaws. lol

- Steve

I just bought my second one also.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#8 posted 08-09-2020 12:17 PM

Have the same bandsaw and do same as you for same reasons. I just use a finger to hold bolt steady when screwing handles back on. Yes it’s a P.I.T.A!

Like your idea, thanks for sharing!

-- Bill

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