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Forum topic by dschlic1 posted 08-27-2014 06:33 PM 1386 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2014 06:33 PM

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I have a question concerning where to set or track the blade on a bandsaw. Some people are recommending setting the machine so that the center of the blade is in the center of the wheel. Others suggest setting the machine so that the bottom of the gullet is in the center of the wheel. Any opinions on which is correct?

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 06:37 PM

I’ve always used mine set in the center of gullet method. It tracks where the blade cuts, and doesn’t worry about where the tail goes. I set up my bandsaw per the method in this video and have never had tracking issues with it.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 07:23 PM

Same here as Tim.

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 07:57 PM

The deepest part of the gullet should be in the center of the tire.

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 12:48 PM

I agree with Tim also

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 04:47 PM

Ok so that is four votes for setting at the bottom of the gullet. I will try it that way, Will make life easier as I will not have to change the position of the guides, just the thrust bearings when changing blade widths.

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 05:38 PM

Assuming you have a crowned wheel it should be on
the crown as said above.

If you have a flat wheel they tend to track best
near the front.

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#7 posted 08-28-2014 07:42 PM

Count me firmly in the Snodgrass camp. It works amazingly well once you get the guides dialed in.

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#8 posted 08-28-2014 08:39 PM

I had the same frustration before. Tension the blade properly, watched the video and everything worked well.

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#9 posted 08-29-2014 09:54 PM

My 50 or so years with a bandsaw has taught me each saw seems to have a “sweet spot” where the saw blade tracks best. As long as that is within the proper area on the wheel, let it do it. In fact, I always let the saw blade find where it wants to run and THEN bring my guides up to the blade, not the other way around. Saves a lot of fiddling trying to make the blade and the guides cooperate.


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