19 years ago
I use the thing all the time, and most of the time it doesn't really matter
when the cuts are a little off. However, here lately it's been bugging me
that every cut is slanted.
The faster I cut, the worse the deflection. So I've cranked the feed
tension up to a point where it takes absolutely for blasted ever to cut
through a piece of, say, bed frame. I have it set for the slowest speed,
with a 28 tpi blade (I think...), and I have the moveable guide as close to
the work as it can be. As the blade travels down through the work, it
wants to wander to the outside, away from the vise, time and again.
With the aforementioned attempts to get it to cut well, I can usually touch
up the edge with a few passes on a disc sander. However, I just did a job
that had to be really close, and I had to try three times to cut the
material sufficiently oversized to be able to grind it down to just the
Having just tuned up my table saw and really improved my woodworking
precision, I'm starting to wonder if maybe there isn't some similar
procedure I can do to get this bandsaw to behave.
Maybe if I were welding this stuff it wouldn't even matter so much, but I
have no welding capability. It's all bolt/pop rivet work. Specifically, I
just made some aluminum frames to fit around chess piece trays, and I
wasted a lot of stock without ever getting them quite right. Aluminum is
of course much more likely to come out crooked, because it cuts faster.
Anyway, suggestions appreciated. I know there are a million of these things