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Coplanar Bandsaw Wheels


Coplanar Bandsaw Wheels
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10 out of 10 bandsaws prefer them

In your tool catalog you've said more than once that "making the wheels coplanar" on a bandsaw is an important part of tune-up, but as far as I know you haven't described how to do it. I have just a few questions: what does making the wheels coplanar mean, how do I know if I need to be coplanar, and if so how do I get my bandsaw wheels coplanar?

Hmm. Seems we've left a few details yet to cover, eh? The object of the exercise is to make your two bandsaw wheels lie in the same plane while you're cutting wood. When your wheels are coplanar, bandsaw blades tend to track stably, and perhaps best of all there's little or no adjustment required when you change blades. It's much more likely that your bandsaw blade will be perpendicular to the saw table, and your upper guides are less likely to require adjustment when you change depth of cut significantly.


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