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I have a new JET JWBS-10OS. I bought it rather than a scroll saw because it is more versatile, but I do need it for scroll work. I purchased a 1/8 inch blade and had trouble with the installation. The JET tech. I talked to said the problem was inferior tires. After several weeks delay I received two new tires and installed them. I still cannot get the 1/8 inch blade to track. After much time centering it on the new tires, and carefull adjusting the tracking knob, it continues to wander back and forth across the tire and ultimately comes off. Also, the bearing guides do not have sufficient adjustment to accomodate the 1/8 inch blade. Is this saw really designed and built to work with a 1/8 inch blade?

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Hi,

I'm not a Jet tech, just a bandsaw owner.
First, when you are adjusting the tracking knob, are you turning the wheel by hand for several revolutions to be sure which way it is running before making another adjustment? After tweaking it, you should turn it a bit to let it settle in. Also, be sure to tighten the adjustment knob down before turning it on.
The bearing guides have more adjustment places than just the finger adjusters. On mine, a Steel City, I can move the entire guide holders back and forth, and can also move the entire guide set up back and forth. The guides are there to keep your blade from having too much movement while cutting. They are not supposed to actually touch the blade though. I adjust mine with a dollar bill between the guide and blade. If you have one guide that isn't exactly perfect, don't worry about it. The blade guard will also keep the blade from wandering.
I've never used my bandsaw for scrolling work, so am not familiar with the 1/8 inch blade. Should work if you can get your tire adjusted correctly.

Good luck.

I hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a vote or comment. Thanks,

Handie Andie

Posted on Apr 03, 2011

  • firesafe1 Apr 03, 2011

    Andie,

    Thanks for getting back to me. After centering the blade I added enough tension to clear the blade and let it run free. I have turned the wheel by hand so many times I have a blister. After several rotations to determine the direction of the correction needed I tweeked the tracking knob until the blade appeared to run true in the middle. Then I locked down the tracking knob, applied a little more tension and increased the speed of the rotation, still by hand. The blade would not track in the middle but wandered from front to back until it either came off the wheel or I stopped the rotation. As for the guide bearings, the only adjustments are front to back, and a little side to side. The side to side adjustment utilizes an off center bearing shaft that can be turned moving the bearing closer or futher away from the blade.. While there is plenty of adjustment front to back by sliding the bearing shaft in and out, the adjustment side to side is inadequate to accomodate the blade. I can force the blade between the guide bearings and it will continue to ride on one of them or it comes into contact with the face of the bearing. Either way this is a NO-NO and it appears to me that the guide bearing set up is a design or manufacturing flaw.

    Again thanks for yor input and effort to help!

  • Handie Andie
    Handie Andie Apr 04, 2011

    Thanks for writing back.
    It sounds like one of the wheels is either not on securely or is out of balance. This would have to replaced. Could also be the shaft that the wheels are on is bent slightly.

    It sounds like you got a defective product from my view. I'd contact the people you bought it from and speak to them.

    I'm sorry I couldn't have been of more help to you.

    Good luck,

    Handie Andie

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