It’d be nice to get the bandsaws fixed up and adjusted properly – at the moment they all have issues, and it’s actually kind of embarrassing showing new members around: last night’s woodshop safety class with @Keiarra ran into some issues. I’m not especially knowledgeable or experienced, and it would be cool if one or two other people could volunteer to help me get them back in shape.
Might have to be done over two days – one to diagnose what can be fixed and what needs new parts, then another day once we have new parts. But it probably wouldn’t be more than an hour or two each day, I’d guess.
The white Jet bandsaw is in the worst shape – it has the wrong size tires which makes getting the tracking right really difficult – even slightly off and it’ll slide into the gutter off the edge of the tire. The guides and rollers seem impossible to get into the right position, at best the top roller is only making contact with the back half of the blade and the bottom roller is barely making contact at all. The black guides (not sure what they’re called, they’re laterally adjustable right beneath the rollers) are also barely helping, even at the limits of their fore/back adjustment. The blade deflects like crazy, making a controlled, curved cut is really difficult.
The middle Grizzly bandsaw vertical adjustment is broken, the worm on the adjustor knob is barely making contact with the gear. Maybe it could be shimmed, but likely needs a new mechanism.
The other Grizzly just needs the fence repaired, I think the handle/cam that locks it in place has gone missing. Would be also cool to have posted instructions for how to switch speeds, as it’s the best of the bandsaws but stuck at a very low speed at the moment. Might be useful to get different sized blades on the two Grizzlies as well.
While we’re there maybe we can investigate why the pillar drill has some wobble.
Anyway if anyone else who does know these tools at least a little bit is interested, I’d appreciate help either before Oct 9 or after Oct 15th (out of town in between). Otherwise I’m just going to come in and muck around and hope to not make things worse!