I've got a Delta 14" bandsaw. I recently added a riser block. Now
the blade rides way to one side of the insert on the table. Sometimes
it touches the insert, which of course dulls the blade super-fast.
Should I just file the insert and forget it, or try to align the
wheels so that the blade runs right down the middle of the insert. If
the latter, any hints or suggestions on how to get the job done?
-- Andrew Bell
At the place I bought my blades from (local woodworking shop) they had a
pack of cool-blocks and a plastic insert for my bandsaw. It's a zero
clearance insert, meaning it comes with no slot in it, and you cut it as you
put it in. Since it's soft plastic (UHMW?), you won't wreck any blades with
it. It will get torn up if your blade flutters, though.
I can't wait to see that !
Actually, I don't think zero clearance is as important with a bansaw,
but what about drilling small holes in the zero clearance insert (and
of course easing the edges so nothing snags) to allow dust to be
sucked in ?
I think I've seen pictures of the Laguna bandsaw that have some sort
of a perforated plate behind the insert. Maybe I'm wrong.
The software said it ran under Windows 98/NT/2000, or better.
So I installed it on Linux...
On 2-Sep-2003, firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Bell) wrote:
I'm wondering about the alignment of the riser block. Is it made to
fit in only one way or is it possible to flip it front/back or top/bottom?
If it is, can flipping it realign the top wheel? I guess I'd expect to
see the riser fit without messing up the blade alignment too much.
Is it possible to shim the riser?
It's probably between 1/16" and 1/8" we're talking about here. I
looked at moving the table, but didn't remember an available
adjustment. I'll look again. That is the obvious fix, but I suppose
I could shim the riser a little at one side as well.
Thanks for the help.
-- Andrew Bell
andrew! I had the same BS as you. the table position is movable. LOOK
AGAIN! I had the same issue--the blade hit the insert, even when it was
tracking correctly on the wheels. Since I don't have it today, I can't
go out to look at it, but trust me, if you loosen up the attachment
bolts it will move fore, aft, left, and right. GRAB A WRENCH!
Andrew Bell wrote:
First, I would check to make sure that the riser block was installed and
aligned properly. A call to Delta seems to be in order on that score. If
that does not solve the problem, or if the saw is otherwise performing to
your satisfaction, I would buy a pack of plastic inserts. They are cheap and
can be cut to provide any clearance you want.
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