Ridgid BS14002 Bandsaw Upper Wheel Pitching Forward

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Forum topic by t4jorj posted 07-29-2021 12:37 AM 391 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2021 12:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw wheel off-vertical pitched forward question

I’ve had this bandsaw since 2011. The bottom of the upper wheel recently started rubbing against the back of the housing, regardless of blade tension and blade tracking adjustments. Grabbed a level. The bottom wheel is perfectly vertical, but the top wheel is pitched forward. Nothing in the manual discusses this possibility, and I’ve found nothing similar on Ridgid’s forum site. My assumption is that the tension over time has bent the shaft. Is there a reasonable fix, or am I on the market for another bandsaw?

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#1 posted 07-29-2021 01:13 AM

Check the tracking adjustment and make sure the tensioning bracket/assembly is not damaged.

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#2 posted 07-29-2021 01:37 AM

If the tracking adjustment is fine , check the spindle assembly
it is well known to bend or break.

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#3 posted 07-29-2021 02:48 AM

Here are some other threads regarding the Ridgid BS upper bracket issue:
Search and you can find even more….

A bracket failure can happen on any cast iron frame 14” BS, and is usually result of over tension on a 3/4” blade. IMHO – The upper bracket is not durable enough for 3/4” re-saw blade. Stick with 1/2” blade and the upper bracket will last much longer, maybe even never need replacing again. DAMHIK

PS – There is person on Fleabay selling an upgraded upper bracket for most clone BS, including the Ridgid.

Best Luck.

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#4 posted 07-29-2021 03:00 AM

Your upper wheel hinge is bent/broken. Common problem caused by over tension on the blade. Even more problematic when using a riser block.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 07-29-2021 02:24 PM

Check out Grizzly for replacement parts- their G0555 hinge/bracket parts fit perfectly.

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#6 posted 07-29-2021 11:07 PM

Thanks for the suggestions and expertise. Looks like there’s some disassembly in my future. With infrequent use over the years, mostly 1” or under hardwood, the saw still has the original 3/8” blade installed. As the manual suggested, I’ve added tension so it strums like a tuned-low guitar string.

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#7 posted 08-03-2021 01:37 PM

I just went through this, the bracket which holds the shaft for the upper wheel broke. After unsuccessfully searching around, since the saw is discontinued, somebody here on Lumberjocks pointed me to ebay, and there are plenty of offerings for this part. Got the part, saw is up & running again.

This is the one I got :

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#8 posted 08-23-2021 05:11 PM

Just completed disassembly. Yes, the hinge was a broken mess of pot metal. Thanks to your suggestions, I ordered P0555035 – UPPER WHEEL SHAFT HINGE ASSY from Grizzly for just under $30 after shipping & tax.

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#9 posted 08-23-2021 07:13 PM

That part from Grizzly was a perfect fit for my Ridgid bandsaw.

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