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Forum topic by McNamar posted 01-10-2021 01:34 AM 1047 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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McNamar

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01-10-2021 01:34 AM

I am having an impossible time with my Rikon band saw. I need to finish cutting some wood into blanks so I took off the 3/16 .blade to put on a ripping blade. The ripping blade looked too small (even though I know it was not). So, I tried putting the 3/16 blade back on just as a sanity check. I got the 3/16 to track fine when I put it on until I engaged the locking lever on the side. When that engages, the blade goes immediately forward and jumps off the wheel. I have no idea why. I may have inadvertently tried to use a wrong level or turn is the only thing I can think. I would appreciate any advice from more seasoned woodworkers. Thanks!


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Bstrom

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#1 posted 01-10-2021 02:09 AM

Have you got the manual? Is there a Rikon forum?

-- Bstrom

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Rich

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#2 posted 01-10-2021 03:56 AM

Track the blade when it’s under tension. Which Rikon band saw do you have.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 01-10-2021 04:09 AM

I’ve got a 1/8” blade that does the same thing. No matter what I do, I cannot get it to stay on the wheel. As soon as I tighten the quick release and turn it by hand it moves forward no matter how I adjust the tracking or tension. It used to work just fine and I have not used it very much. Visually, I cannot see any problems with the blade. Only thing I can think of is that keeping such a narrow blade under tension must have done something to the blade that I cannot see.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Kelly

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#4 posted 01-10-2021 04:49 AM

FIRST, no matter what blade I put on, I turn by hand to determine how it will track.

If a blade wanders off, no matter what I do, the money is on a bend in the course of my or someone else’s manhandling.

In the end, I am coming to conclude bandsaws are as much art as they are science, regarding their operation.

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AlaskaGuy

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#5 posted 01-10-2021 05:10 AM

What is a locking lever? Never mind it’s the tension release lever if found out.

How to track a 14 inch Rikon Band saw.

https://youtu.be/3Gzihcgvf_w

https://youtu.be/H-kM2piyZsA?t=965

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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McNamar

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#6 posted 01-10-2021 08:20 PM



Have you got the manual? Is there a Rikon forum?

- Bstrom


I have looked both online at that manual and the one that has come with my bandsaw (I found out they are the same thing), but it didn’t really help

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McNamar

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#7 posted 01-10-2021 08:23 PM



Track the blade when it s under tension. Which Rikon band saw do you have.

- Rich


Rich – I have a RIKON 10-326. I tried it under tension and not under tension. Under tension, it tracks to the front and snaps off no matter what else I do. Not under tension it tracks pretty well, but the second I put on the tension lever on the middle back, engaged again it goes off the front again.

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McNamar

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#8 posted 01-10-2021 08:45 PM



What is a locking lever? Never mind it s the tension release lever if found out.

How to track a 14 inch Rikon Band saw.

https://youtu.be/3Gzihcgvf_w

https://youtu.be/H-kM2piyZsA?t=965

- AlaskaGuy


I had already watched the first link and it didn’t explain much more than I am already doing. The second link, though, shows promise as it seems to be a better description. Thanks. I’ll let you know how it goes…

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McNamar

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#9 posted 01-10-2021 11:49 PM


What is a locking lever? Never mind it s the tension release lever if found out.

How to track a 14 inch Rikon Band saw.

https://youtu.be/3Gzihcgvf_w

https://youtu.be/H-kM2piyZsA?t=965

- AlaskaGuy

I had already watched the first link and it didn t explain much more than I am already doing. The second link, though, shows promise as it seems to be a better description. Thanks. I ll let you know how it goes…

- McNamar

I just finished doing some resawino of cedar wood and making bowl blanks. The info in the video worked like a charm. In the end, it was hitting the upper wheel with a rubber mallet that freed up whatever was frozen and then it worked like a champ. Thanks a million for the link. I looked at tons of you tube, but never saw that one.

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 01-11-2021 12:53 AM

McNamar, glad you found the problem. I guess it’s true. If all else fails “whack it.”

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Kelly

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#11 posted 01-11-2021 01:57 AM

I think I posted this recommendation once upon a time – the tensioner doesn’t always wander back up where it should be, so whacking the bottom of the wheel with my palm changes it’s position when I backing off tension.

As I, often, say, sometimes “old technology is the best technology.”

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Rich

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#12 posted 01-11-2021 03:39 AM


I just finished doing some resawino of cedar wood and making bowl blanks. The info in the video worked like a charm. In the end, it was hitting the upper wheel with a rubber mallet that freed up whatever was frozen and then it worked like a champ. Thanks a million for the link. I looked at tons of you tube, but never saw that one.

- McNamar

I have the 10-326 as well, and that did happen to mine once. I had to wrestle the wheel by hand to free it. It hasn’t happened since.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Woodmaster1

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#13 posted 01-11-2021 04:10 AM

I have the 10-325 and have had no issues in the ten years I have owned it.

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