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How do you keep the blade on the wheel? Mine keeps coming off. It is a Rockwell product. The blade came off while I was using it and I can put it back on both wheels but as soon as I turn it on, the blade slips off. s

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Hi,
Sounds like it could be quite a few different things. My suggestion is to go to you tube and look at Band Saw setup. I haved viewed the one from the wood whisper and it covers set up in detail, there are also other videos that may help.

Sounds like a setup problem - wheels,tires,guides,and even blade tension can cause this.

Does the blade track true when turning top wheel by hand?(unplugged of course)
Is the blade tension correct?
Are the tires in good shape?
Are the guides and back up bearings set correctly?

I hope this will get you headed in the right direction.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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