Ryobi band saw not cutting straight
I have a Ryobi band saw (9") and when I feed the wood in, the blade cuts to the right and so the wood veers off to the left. So, for example, there's no way I can use a fence. I've tried to adjust it according to the instructions, but to no avail. I e-mailed Ryobi and this was their reply:
Basically, all band saws have this characteristic. This is referred to as "lead". It has more to do with the way the blade is sharpened than the actual saw itself. If the set on the blade is not ground exactly the same along the whole blade it will "lead" in one direction or another. One work around is to get a four foot long board and draw a straight line on it, cut on this line by adjusting the board as required until cutting straight. That would indicate the lead angle for that particular blade, and any rip guide set up you are using can be adjusted to that angle to obtain straight cuts. All blades cut differently, and the next blade you use may "lead" in the opposite direction.
Does this sound right to you all? It seems crazy that I would need to keep trying blade after blade to find one that would allow me to use a fence. I guess I could just clamp a fence parallel to whatever the cutting direction.
Just looking for some feedback.