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Adjusting the band saw?
« on: November 26, 2012, 09:46:52 PM »
Anyone with any experience adjusting the band saw mind taking a look at it?  The blade is seriously wanting to twist all the time and nothing cuts straight on it last I attempted to use it.  I think some sort of idler is loose or something.

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 10:07:38 PM »
That blade seems very dull to me.


Most band saws don't cut square, but I agree this one is way off.


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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 09:53:14 AM »
This bandsaw is currently out of service.  The security key for the on/off switch has been removed and is broken.  We need to either rebuild the key ( a yellow plastic piece which was last seen on the racking which would be behind you when looking at the bandsaw).  This would require taking the switch apart and finding the two missing pieces, and gluing it together then making a casting of it or make a new one with FDM (I am a little doubtful if that could be successful due to the small size and stresses the key is subjected to).

Or we could replace the switch with a non-safety switch.

It would be nice if whoever broke it would step up and get this moving.

Meanwhile I have reassembled the scroll saw which was also left in a mess and it was functioning fine as of last night.  It is clear we need to train folks on how these tools are used.

I discovered these issues last night during open house.  It was pretty embarrassing - I was helping a visitor with a problem and wanted to make a quick prototype to show the value of the lab (and help him) but I had to explain about irresponsible members while I repaired equipment.  That does not show well for us.  I am fairly convinced the reason we are getting a significant dropout rate is because too many tools do not work or cannot be found.  This is a systematic problem we need to fix.



PS (could we rename this thread "Bandsaw for Soft Material"?
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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 04:06:42 PM »
I have noticed that when the bandsaw blade is dull it tends to cause cutting problems (no straight lines)  Last time it was replaced it cut nice and straight.

As for the switch, what if we replaced it with something similar to what we have on the laser cutter?

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 06:35:44 PM »
It was pretty embarrassing - I was helping a visitor with a problem and wanted to make a quick prototype to show the value of the lab (and help him) but I had to explain about irresponsible members while I repaired equipment.  That does not show well for us.  I am fairly convinced the reason we are getting a significant dropout rate is because too many tools do not work or cannot be found.  This is a systematic problem we need to fix.


I'm thinking of dropping..  I just don't have the time to spend the first 30 minutes of my visit cleaning up to find a place to work.
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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 08:08:37 PM »
I'm thinking of dropping..  I just don't have the time to spend the first 30 minutes of my visit cleaning up to find a place to work.

Please don't. We need you, your talents, and your voice at FamiLAB. We need to get an annual meeting scheduled and talk through more of this - how we intend to improve & grow the lab. I'd hate to lose you.



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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 08:10:56 PM »
I'm thinking of dropping..  I just don't have the time to spend the first 30 minutes of my visit cleaning up to find a place to work.


Tom, Please don't, you're much too valuable to the lab and to all of us.

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 10:19:34 PM »
This is the most depressing thing I've heard all night. I'm going to the lab and throwing away anything on a horizontal surface for you.

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 10:53:31 PM »
If you're talking about Brian's visit, he didn't mention it. He was very impressed.
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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2013, 09:15:58 AM »
Pocky... The dumpster is full. I've been cleaning up the crap on the second floor.

But seriously, dont take off. Lets see if we can find a solution.

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2013, 11:34:06 AM »
Thanks Rick, you're awesome. I'll do some more after the next pickup.

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Switch ordered for bandsaw
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2013, 11:47:47 AM »
I just ordered the complete switch for the band saw and it will arrive on Monday at the latest. Now to find someone to teach me how to adjust the band and I will become king of the bandsaw. My momma will be so proud.

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2013, 06:44:13 PM »
I'm thinking of dropping..  I just don't have the time to spend the first 30 minutes of my visit cleaning up to find a place to work.


OOPS -- Thanks for the kinds words and e-mails.  I meant, I think about leaving from time to time.  Not that I am actively thinking about leaving now.


But it is true, if I only have 30 minutes to spare, I won't stop in the LAB.  As my experience is that I won't be able to get situated in a reasonable amount of time to accomplish a 15 minute task. 
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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2013, 10:27:10 PM »
I have replaced the switch

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Re: Adjusting the band saw?
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2013, 07:30:45 AM »
Nice work Les!
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