- Jan 19, 2012
I usually cut small stuff on the band saw. Recently I was cutting some channel and as soon as the blade went through the web the cut made a hard left and jammed the saw. I never really did any kind of reel setup except for aligning the blade 90 degree to the table. After I got the blade unstuck I checked that alignment. It was deed on. I decided to start at the beginning and try everything that I have read about adjusting these saws. First I checked that both wheels where on the same plan. They where not. The bottom wheel was in a little to far. The wheel is set screwed and there is a retaining ring keeping it on the shaft. The wheel was not contacting the snap ring so I loosened the set screw and had to use a puller to move the wheel to the snap ring. Ok great now the wheels are on the same plane. Put the blade on and started to adjust the tracking. Got the blade just about touching the flanges on the back of both wheels. I then noticed that the teeth are riding on the wheel. Looking at the blade there is no set in the teeth on that side of the blade. Could this by why the saw never really cut straight? Should the set in the teeth ride off the edge of the wheel? If so should I machine the wheel down some?