The big let down on my bandsaw was the amount of drift, or the way it cut correctly, I had come to the conclusion that it was down to the fact that there is only an upper guide, no lower one.
I had contacted the Company who made this for me, and they stated that none of their commercial bandsaws had a lower guide, but they would adapt one and fit it, for a price, if I took the bandsaw back. Considering it took four men to lift the bandsaw into my trailer, that wasn\’t going to happen.
Having put up with this problem for over a year, I decided that it was time to do something about it. Originally I was going to make the support out of hardwood, but changed my mind at the last minute, and just bought a couple of metal straps.
This had to be turned into a Z shape, my first attempt was way out, so it was lucky it was a pack of two! with the aid of my bench vise and some brute force, I got what I wanted.
I then turned out my Oddments bin and found the rest of the bits I needed, 2 x 5/16\” bearings, 2 x 5/16\” bolts and locking nuts, also 4 x washers.
I then drilled the new guide to attach it to the saw frame, and cut one hole in the section for the bearings, having got that hole, I then cut a slot so the bearing could be adjusted, I did this using my grinder with a cutting disc, I was a bit apprehensive of this, because, muck it up and I was back to square one. but it went fine. and the bearing sat in place.
That done I attached my new guide to the saw, and gave it a trial.
I now have very little drift, I will have to remove the marker lines I had placed on the table, this will get some getting used to…A tool that works correctly!
2 thoughts on “Making a Bandsaw Guide”
Buen invento. Mi sierra Tauco del año 1947 tiene ambas guias, la superior e inferior; solo necesito cambiarles los rodamientos. Veremos lo que me comentas de probar un elastico de bicicleta.FOTO:http://oi63.tinypic.com/ixzi9i.jpg
Tiene una muy buena sierra sin fin, estás en lo correcto, será una sierra muy bueno, cuando se lo reparan. He añadido un formulario de contacto, a la izquierda, es más fácil de hacer contacto con eso! :DSaludos