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Upper wheel adjustment flange fell into assembly

I had to disassemble the upper wheel but now I cannot put it back to gether. Since it fell apart I was unable to tell the order or the spring, flange's brand new and in pieces...Please help me put it back together

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K just went to and the parts explosion I wanted is not available online. You can send an email to customer service or call them. You might also try the store where you bought this tool. Sorry I couldn't help more

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Blade keeps slipping off.cant be put back on without spending 15+ minutes and a cut hand. Is there an easy way

There should be an adjusting knob to tip the upper wheel back and forth till you get it right to keep the blade tracking. This is similar in function to a belt sander adjustment.

To put the blade back on release the tension and carefully thread it though , wind the wheels manually, and gently guide it back in place, then reapply the tension.

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How do I adjust the saw blade tension?

There should be a knob at the top of the upper wheel case. You twist this in one direction to tighten and the other to loosen. There should be an indicator for the amount of tension, which you vary for different blade sizes and material. You also will see a knob for adjusting the tilt of the upper wheel that allows you to adjust for tracking of the blade.
Please be careful, band saws are very good at cutting anything. Never get your hands close to the blade when it is running.

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Adjust the upper wheel. Refer to your manual for procedures.

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Blade is tipping on the wheel and ruining the blades just wondering how to adjust the wheel. or is it the top wheel or the bottom ,one must be out of line

It sounds like the upper wheel is tilted out and what happens is the blade will drift outward. What you need to do is power off the unit, open up the upper and lower wheel doors, find the adjustment knob on the back of the upper wheel, and adjust this while spinning the wheel by hand.

The blade needs to be on the machine when you do this and do not try to make this adjustment with the power on. Make small adjustments till the blade tracks in the center of the upper and lower wheel.

NOTE: Prior to re-elignment, make sure the tension on the blade is set to the correct tension. This will differ depending on the blade thickness. You want the blade to be tight, but don't over tighten the blade because this could cause wear or even cause the blade to snap when using the bandsaw.

I hope this helps.

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Problem with upper wheel and blade tension assembly

I have seen some saws go to pot and you can't get them to track for nothing, I assume that is your problem. Get the blade off and check the wheel bearings for slop, any play in the bearing? good, Then put the blade back on, back off the guides, get it spinning by hand and tilt the top wheel so the blade tracks in the center of the tire and stays there. tighten up the tension, not too tight, but snug, it should twang when it is plucked. Now bring in the guides. You should be all set, if that doesn't do it, then you have a problem, like I said, they can be a nightmare. It will take some serious tweaking to figure it out and get it right. Hope this helps.

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Upper wheel on a model 28-682 bandsaw. How do you adjust it.

With saw unpluged!!!!! open top wheel gaurd.Spin wheel by hand while moving the adjuster knob on back of the machine. As you turn both at the same time the blade will trac either the front or back of the wheel. Move the knob (while spinning the wheel) until the blade is tracking in the middle of the tire. (rubber strip around the wheel)

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Bandsaw blade keeps coming off Rexon BS 10

Unplug the saw and take the covers off the wheels. See if any of them show excessive end play or deflections when gently racking them from side to side. You may need to shim the wheels. Ideally, you want them all to track in the same plane, and you can check this with a straightedge.
There should be a tracking thumbscrew locked with a wing nut or some such on the back of the upper wheel. Put the blade on so it rides in the center of the tire, (move the guides out of the way if need be until you get the blade to track correctly), and turn the wheel by hand to see how the blade rides. That way you can make adjustments before it pops all the way off. By moving the bolt on the back of that upper wheel in or out you adjust the pitch of that wheel and change the way the blade tracks...
After you get the blade tracking smoothly under tension, you can move the guides back into position to support your blade during cuts.

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How do i take off and replace the blade on my berkel bandsaw

There should be a blade tensioning adjustment on the back of the upper wheel. You need to loosen this until the blade is loose, then open both front covers and possibly remove the guard, then install new blade and retension.
Then adjust the tracking and guides as follows:
Before tuning it up, loosen the guides and wheels away and square the table to the tensioned blade. Then follow these steps in order:
  1. First, adjust the upper wheel so the blade is tracking at the center or just to the front of center of the wheel tire. (You can see this with the cover removed, and adjust it with the nut/wing nut in the back).
  2. Now, make sure the blade guides are adjusted so they don't deflect the blade to either side (when looked at from the front), so they contact the blade just behind the gullet of the teeth, but not against the hooked teeth themselves, and are just tight enough to allow the blade to run freely (including the weld). (If your guides are worn and out of flat, you may wish to dress them on a sander before adjusting them against the blade.) Adjust the guides both above and below the table. At this point, ensure that the guide bar moves up and down easily and locks into position without torqueing the guides against the blade.
  3. Finally, adjust the bearings behind the blade, so they just kiss it, and turn freely when you revolve the bandsaw wheel. They will support the back of the blade when pressure is applied against it during a cut, and help immensely to keep the blade tracking straight.
At this point, check the cut by trying to follow a straght line penciled on a board. Some blades will naturally tend to veer slightly on a diagonal, depending on how they are sharpened, and you may have to adjust your fence to compensate for this "drift".
But if you follow the steps outlined above, and have a good sharp blade to begin with, you should be able to split a line.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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Help with my dw100 band saw

Pull the plug on the saw, take off the covers on the upper and lower wheels of the saw.

You will see an adjustment bolt above the upper wheel and below the lower wheel, with the band saw in place on both wheels turn the upper wheel by hand, if the band saw moves to either side of the wheel use the adjustment bolts to center the band saw.

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Porta Band saw blade jumps off

I had this problem on a used model 725 that I bought. Apparently the rubber tires on the drive wheels develop a bit of a memory after sitting for a while with tension on the blade. I tried cleaning the tires to no avail. Then I removed both tires, flipped them over and re-installed. Still not fixed. Then I put only one back to the original position and the problem was solved. Other than the frustration of trying several times, I was out nothing and I got quite proficient at taking the blade in and out. The saw has worked fine ever since. I hope this simple (and free) solution works for you.

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