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I just bought a skill bandsaw at lowe's and cannot get the blade to track properly. As soon as one wheel is centered, the other one is off! cannot get it to center on both wheels?

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I have a 12" Sears - Craftsman - Band Saw and the blade keeps coming off. How do I install a new blade and keep it on?


Two potential issues here:

a.) You probably need to align your bandsaw wheels. Here's a link to a craftsman 12" bandsaw manual. Assuming you have model 113243310, 113243311, 113243300, or a similar model, read over page 12-14 "Installing the blade". Specifically, look at section 10 about adjusting the tracking.

Having the blade guides set properly is important too. A thrust bearing (the one up top, behind the blade) that's set too far forward can push the blade off the wheels too.

b.) If it's flat out too loose and you can't get it tight, the blade might be too long. It's worth double checking your manual to confirm you are supposed to be using an 80" blade and double checking the blade package to make sure you actually have an 80" blade.

Jun 14, 2010 | Craftsman 12 x 80" Band Saw Blade 6 tpi...

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Blade comes off


The wheels are not parallel to each other causing mis-tracking. Check both wheel bearings for any slop. Make sure the wheel surfaces are not broken up. There should be tracking adjustments on the upper wheel. Turn the machine by hand until it tracks perfectly. Make sure the lower wheel is tight to it's shaft. Hope this helps!

May 22, 2010 | Porter Cable 5028 Band Saw Stand 7721 7723...

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New blade will not stay on top belt


There should be adjustments for tracking the upper wheel. Turn the machine by hand until the tracking is perfect. Check the bearings in both wheels for looseness. Hope this helps!

Jan 21, 2010 | Saws

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Blade does not track properly causes "tires" on drivewheels to come off making blade wobble.


Depending on the make and model of the bandsaw there should be tracking adjustment handwheels to get the bands to run center. If you have already done this, then inspect the drive wheel and the idler for being slightly bent, and or bearing/shaft failure.

Jan 04, 2010 | Ridgid 14" Band Saw with Stand

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Craftsman 12" Bandsaw Blade Tracking Problems


Sounds like you have a saw with defective castings. Either cast out-of-true or deflect under pressure.

Jan 03, 2010 | Saws

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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)

Jun 10, 2009 | Saws

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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.

Apr 10, 2009 | Saws

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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!



Mar 23, 2009 | Saws

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When making a straight cut with my bandsaw, the blade will


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.
If you follow these tips and they prove helpful, please let us know your problem is solved. Otherwise, give us a little more detail and someone will be happy to follow up.

Mar 20, 2009 | Delta Saws

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