How to adjust a band saw
A short video on how to adjust a band saw, this method works good on this Porter Cable band saw. Using this has help us eliminate drift when ripping or re-sawing. If drift was the norm as many say. Then tell me how do they use a band saw saw when cutting logs. Drift is nothing more than the blade turning when cutting.
The few points to remember is on how to adjust a band saw.
The location and speed of the blade
#1 . You may need to try different placements on the wheel until the drift is gone.
#2 When cutting on the band saw don’t push the wood to fast. The faster or harder you feed the wood the more chances the blade will turn. Feed the wood only as fast as the blade will cut. Take caution not to run the wood to slow you might burn the wood. Check and see if you have a double pulley on the motor. If so then try the fastest speed
The Right Blade for the Job
#3 make sure the blade is sharp and the right blade for the job. If you want to resaw a piece 5″ tall don’t use a thin fine tooth blade. A wide and course blade cuts faster than a thin fine tooth blade. And stay away from the cheap blade from the big hardware stores.
#4 Make sure the table and the fence are square to the blade.
I believe if you need to compensate for drift then your band saw is in need of adjustments. The band saw is a useful tool if it is adjusted correctly. But when its out of adjustment its then becomes useless and a nightmare.
Check out our band saw fence we made. Its a T square type works great and its cheap and easy to make.
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