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Forum topic by Tom148 posted 12-21-2013 02:21 AM 1072 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2013 02:21 AM

I have had a Ridgid 14 inch bandsaw for a few years and it worked just OK. It had a lot of vibration which made it NG for tight work and it would bog down. So I recently did some upgrades. First a friend gave me a 1 1/2 hp motor that fit perfectly. I got a six inch riser block kit which really opens up the cut hieght and a good fence. But it still vibrated like crazy. So I decided to get a link belt drive….still vibrated. So I bought stick on wheel balancing weights in 1/4 oz size and set about balancing the band wheels.

It was a simple process. I marked four quadrants on each wheel and gave it a lig
ht spin. It would stop with the heavy side on the bottom. I put a wieght at the top and repeated the process. With a little tweeking and moving the wieghts I got each wheel so that it would stop at random. I figured that was as good as I could get it. So I hooked everything back up and…moment of truth I set it running. To my great relief it was dead quiet….no vibration. So I now have a well powered 105 blade length band saw that is a joy to use. I just got cool blocks and a new woodslicer blade.

Let the fun begin!

-- Tom

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 02:39 AM

I dont know if you have seen this:
If you have, my apologies, if not, the set up made my bandsaw one of the most valuable tools in my shop.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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