Twisted Bandsaw Blade Culprit

Today I changed the tyres on both wheels of my bandsaw and it was an all day event. I had to travel 70km to buy it, then I had a friend show me how to put one on, got home couldn’t get the bottom wheel off, posted a help request on a forum, told I needed a wheel puller or heat the rubber and wheel to 100° C and put it on that way.

I did neither of that and just slapped it on. I will write an article on this as it is a pain in the backside to put it on, but the way my friend showed me today it makes it a little less frustrating.

When I placed the tyre on there were a few bumps which I levelled out.  So when I installed a brand new blade and saw it twisting like chubby checker I went back to re levelling any spots I may have missed on the tyre. Backwards and forwards for an hour until I was satisfied it wasn’t the tyre.  Then I had a thought and reinstalled the old blade and presto she was running true again. So now I knew that the new blade was twisted. Luckily I had one brand new blade left and installed that one, I must admit I was a bit nervous that it too may be twisted but it wasn’t and ran true.

twisted blade

Btw that picture isn’t my twisted blade, but it had half the twist of that.  There you go I learned two new things today; How to replace a tyre and bandsaw blades can have a twist in it.

Machinery absolutely without a shadow of a doubt SUCK. They are a pain in the pocket and in the backside.  Most machinery and that’s not including Hammer or Laguna are made cheaply and carelessly in China. You all know that you don’t need me to tell you this but what you may not probably know is it’s not China’s fault. They will make to the standards companies are willing to pay for and that’s not very much.

I use that bandsaw maybe twice a week for re sawing thicker stock into thinner ones and no more than 5mins for those two times combined. Both tyres snapped from wear and tear and I have to express my disappointment in that. Imagine I had a machine only wood shop. Imagine I relied on that machine to work all day everyday. Imagine I had to buy new tyres every month because they’re so poorly made under the direct instruction of companies to keep their costs down.  I worked it out for the length of time I had to an average time I used it and it came 40mins.  I used that bandsaw over the years of a total of 40mins and let’s be gracious and add another 20 mins to that in case I made a mistake. I think enough is enough and it really is time to fight back.  If it’s made in China piss it off, walk away. Rather be without it than throw your money away.

As for me I will be in the near future building myself a Roubo saw. She will last as long as I last and will continue to work when the next person picks it up. Bugger machinery, they may work faster for a moment and then something will break down and she’ll go on strike bringing production to a grinding halt and put you out of pocket for a month. Remember it was the tortoise that won the race and not the hare.


4 thoughts on “Twisted Bandsaw Blade Culprit

  1. Oh yeah. Sucks!

    BTW, your spell checker OK’d an adjective, where I think you meant a noun. Last sentence: tortuous / tortoise. Maybe I like your way better. 🙂

    You’ll love resawing with the Ruobo. My experience here.


  2. Ahh yes I did make a big spelling mistake, I will simply rephrase today’s event to an arduously tortuous even. Thanks for the link, I’ll be buying my blade and parts from Blackburn tools, but I need to save up for it.


  3. I bought the 36″ Roubo frame saw kit from Blackburn last year and built a nice saw from their plans. I don’t have the space for a bandsaw and hope the frame saw could take the place of a bandsaw. I’ve used it a few times now – it takes a little getting used to. It’s also heavy – something else to get used to. But that thing cuts through wood like a hot knife through cheese (maybe not quite like butter). Just go slowly at first and follow your lines. I turn the board around every several strokes to make sure I’m not wavering off the line on the back side.


    1. I think the weight may have a lot to do with the ease of sawing. I think resawing through logs and general thick slabs will pose a problem of keeping the bench at bay as Roubo mentions in his book and that’s where the bandsaw really is most effective. But I think for making 2” small boards into thinner sizer sizes which 99% of our needs the frame saw will more than suffice. Besides if push comes to shove I can always take the slab and pay to have it resawn.


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