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    By George, I think I've got it!

    I've tried on and off for several days to get my Beaver/Rockwell goshdarned 28115 bandsaw to keep a blade on its wheels. So today I took it apart, at least took off the guides and examined them. The thrust bearing on the lower guide was seized, so I bathed in for a couple of hours in Evaporust, and once the bearing was moving reasonably freely, I put some WD40 on it, and put it back in the guide thingy. Then I removed the guide blocks, and tried to replace them with Cool Blocks, but the 3/8 x3/8 ones I had bought figuring they would fit (yeah, yeah, I know...) didn't, and more careful measure shows me that the blocks should be 5/16 x 5/16. I'm wondering if I can somehow sand or otherwise pare them down to 5/16, as I can't find 5/16 x 5/16 phenolic anywhere. I tried installing a brand new 3/8" blade, thinking that if the problem was that I had been trying a used blade, that should cure it. However, when I turned the blade by hand it duly popped off. So, I readjustted everything, as shown in the photos, and stepped back, fully expecting to see the blade jump off, but it ran for a solid minute without mishap, so I guess I got it right somehow. So now I hope and pray everything will be OK.

    Perhaps Steve Morris, the guru of all things Beaver, can say where I should look for tires, and spare parts. Also, is there a way to adjust the lower wheel, as the blade runs very close to the front of the wheel? TBF, this bandsaw has been giving good service, and I am happy to keep using it. I believe it was manufactured in 1981, which makes it not toooooo old.

    See below...

    I had not adjusted the guide blocks before I took these pictures. The last picture shows the position of the blade on the lower wheel, the second last on the upper.
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    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 07-16-2017 at 09:06 PM.
    Cheers,
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    Nice pics Roger. Got any of the bandsaw?

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    Gee Whillikers! Guess I should have looked at them before I published. OK, I'll fix it. Those were pics of my visit with my son to the museum in Victoria, BC.
    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 07-16-2017 at 09:07 PM.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    The first picture I thought was your shop. Otherwise looks pretty good time.
    David

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    Ok, I couldn't delete the attachments once they had been posted, so here they come again.

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    The lst picture is the lower wheel, the second last the upper, showing the position of the blade on the wheel. I had not adjusted the guide blocks when I took these pictures.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

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    Could be your wheels are not coplanar (looking at the last 2 pics). With the guides backed right off, the band should track on both wheels more or less in the same place.

    R&D Bandsaws in Brampton is the place for bands & parts http://www.tufftooth.com/
    Last edited by Ed Thomas; 07-16-2017 at 12:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Thomas View Post
    Could be your wheels are not coplanar (looking at the last 2 pics). With the guides backed right off, the band should track on both wheels more or less in the same place.

    R&D Bandsaws in Brampton is the place for bands & parts http://www.tufftooth.com/
    that's vey possible.. A few years ago I tried to see if there was any way to adjust the lower wheel, but couldn't see any. Meanwhile, I've put it to use already, cutting some 8/4 pine. If anyone knows how or what I should adjust, I'm all ears.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Everyone is a self-made person.

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    I expect to be down your way sometime in the next 3 or 4 weeks ...

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    Alrighty then! PM me a day or two before you come down, if you wish to drop in.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

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    Watch this video Roger. Good info:


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