I was setting up my new Ridgid bandsaw last weekend and I am having
some problems. After I had set it up according to the manual and
started doing some test cuts I noticed a burning rubber smell and I
assumed it was the belt that links the motor to the saw. I took the
belt off and re-aligned the motor again according to the manual and
made sure the tension on the belt was OK and re-started the saw. I let
it run and the smell came back and I watched the belt spinning and
didn't see any smoke or anything. I then opened the bottom cabinet
and saw that the bottom tire was half on and half off and it was
shredding. There was a pile of black shredded rubber at the bottom of
the cabinet so I knew I had found the source of the problem. I put the
tire back on the wheel and made sure the two wheels were in alignment
with a straight edge and then re-tensioned the blade. I started the
machine up again and about 30 seconds later the tire came flying off of
the wheel and the blade obviously fell off of the bottom wheel also. I
am sure that I did something wrong in setting up the machine but since
I followed the manual I am not sure what I did wrong. Has anyone ever
seen this happen? Should I get a new set of tires?
You'll probably want a bandsaw book, like The Bandsaw Handbook, or
something else like that by Duginske. Lots of info there on setting up
and tuning. I found this book very helpful after I got my bandsaw.
And if one of your tires shreded, yes, you'll definitely need new ones.
I've heard that the urethane ones are nice, but haven't used them.
Another good resource is a catalog from Iturra designs - they don't
have a website yet, but searching google or the archives of this group
will give you their phone number. It's a very thorough catalog of all
kinds of bandsaw accessories, but it also has advice, stories, and
tests by the owner. Definitely worth looking into.
And the crown is the dome in the cross-section of your wheel - if you
were to remove the tire and take the wheel off the machine, could you
set it upright and have it rest on your bench, or would it wobble like
a weeble (and then fall down)? Sorry - harder to explain than it would
be to draw. Think of the crown in a road - the center line is higher
than the shoulders. Now wrap the road around your wheel - that's crown
on a wheel. Sorry if that was overkill.
Good luck with the rest of your bandsaw setup,
Did you buy it at Home Depot??
I'd take the saw back and get another one..
I have the same saw and it worked great right out of the box with minimal
assembly (except for the hundreds of screw in the !*$&%%# stand) and has never
had alignment or tire problems, even after adding a grizzly riser kit..
If you buy a new saw, even a lower level one like ours, you have the expectation
that it will work... if it doesn't, take it back.. YMWV
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.