14” Bandsaw Problem Please Help
grandfather. I’m 77, in the process of setting up my wood shop. In 2015 I had a complete workshop with most imaginable tools. I was poisoned 🤢 and spent 6 months in the hospital and lost my property and wood shop.
So I am starting new again at this age. I use to build large things from houses decks docks giant frogs and furniture. I am envisioning doing smaller more precise and imaginative tasks. My first will be an small Incense Cabinet with doors drawers pillars and decorative brass and copper accents. The wood will be Paduck Cycote Teak and some asst hardwoods for pillars.
Now I have one big problem! I bought a 14” floor model bandsaw at a yard sale. The owner plugged it in and it seemed to run fine, smooth with a light hum. There was some rust, the blade bearings were frozen and the blocks chewed and tires cracked. I owned a 4 speed HF model for several years with 1/2” blade and loved it. Took it home and replaced the blade bearings blocks and tires. Removed table and all rust and painted the bottom half. Took the old 1/4” blade which was tight off.
Bought a new 6 tooth 3/8” Olson 93.5” blade. Now when I put the blade on I have too much slack... if I try and tighten it the top wheel touches and binds and the blade is still slack???
I have a manual for a similar 14” HF model and the blade follows the blade-path perfectly. I had a friend who has owned a bandsaw and he could not figure it out either. Something obvious I’m missing but what. The traveling height block has a nut on the bottom that drops out of its socket when turned all the way down. But it goes back into the block and does it’s job raising it to its maximum travel.
I have measured the original 1/4” blade against the Olson and length is correct. I tried using washers under the nut and raising it sooner ( also tried hardwood under the adjustment screw to shorten travel. But none of it worked. My friend suggested a 1/2” thick steel plate sandwiched between the base and upper unit but that solution seems extreme. There has got to be something simple/stupid that I am forgetting or overlooking in putting the blade on or in adjusting the top wheel. When the top wheel is at its maximum and frozen against the rim cover I still have slack in the blade. Please help this grandfather.