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Forum topic by dv8eod posted 08-21-2020 01:42 PM 248 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dv8eod

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08-21-2020 01:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I recently picked up a PC 14” band saw from Lowes and have a question about something I noticed. The trunnion mounting holes were not tapped, but I remedied that. After mounting the table on the trunnion, I noticed that the blade wasn’t centered in the insert.
I loosened the mounting bolts and tried to push the table to the right as far as it would go. It got it off of the insert enough to where the teeth aren’t catching on it any more.
My question is is it alright where it is? Or is it something I should try to fix before it causes future problems?


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#1 posted 08-21-2020 11:58 PM

Will the teeth catch on the insert when you are actually sawing wood? Does the present position affect the alignment of the fence or miter slot? The assembly instructions should tell you what you need to know.

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#2 posted 08-22-2020 02:05 AM

It doesn’t seem to be catching. At least I don’t see any new damage on the insert. I caught it rubbing when I was centering the blade on the wheel.
As for the instructions, it doesn’t say anything about adjusting the trunnion or the pieces attached to the table, just how to install it on the frame and then the table on it. I was thinking I might have to oval the mounting holes and fill in the offset with JBweld, if it will become an issue.
From what I can tell, and I’m not really sure about how to check, but it seems to not have an effect with the miter slot. I measured from the front of the blade and the back. The table just sits too far left.

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#3 posted 08-23-2020 12:10 AM

As long as the blade is somewhere inside the slot of the insert, it will work.

Have to ask if you checked the location of trunion brackets underneath table. The manual shows the table already has them assembled from factory. The look like this:

https://www.ereplacementparts.com/trunnion-p-721614.html

The PC manual is lacking with regards to table alignment IMHO? You want the miter slot to be 90° to blade, and it an take some serious futzing with frame trunion bracket, and table trunion’s to get miter slot to blade aligned. PC may be attempting to simplify, but this leaves you in dark on a possible adjustment for if you find any table to blade alignment issues.

Note those under table trunions are one of the weaker areas the clone 14” BS design. They will not tolerate any serious impact stress, and are easy to break when transporting a band saw to a new location. So always remove the table when transporting the table saw.

If the bolt are not properly tightened, can also tweak the table position as you wheel it around the shop. Can be even worse if your pet gorilla decides to push a BS around with mobile base wheels locked.

Hope this helps.
Best Luck!

-- 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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#4 posted 08-23-2020 03:36 AM

I was wondering if those pieces might have enough play to allow for better alignment. From the picture, it looks like there might be some for it to work. It will definitely be one of the areas I’ll check before deciding to make any non-reversible changes.
I’m hoping to at least get the blade closer to center so that when I put a zero clearance insert in, it’ll be easier to make the slot.

I’m more used to setting up my tablesaw than I am the bandsaw, but it’s to be expected I guess. I have had the tablesaw longer. I only had a couple of days with the bandsaw before having to return to work. I spent most of that time just tuning and testing on scraps. I also realized after reviewing the parts blowup that I didn’t have the miter gauge or power cord hooks in the box. Monday I’m calling customer service about those.

Thank you for the replies, gentlemen.

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