On May/June 80 (Revised 7/99)
Bandsaws made prior to June 1984 ONLY
are some hints to keep your Bandsaw operating properly:
the inside of the Bandsaw occasionally. Take off the cover and blow
out the dust with an air compressor or vacuum cleaner. Brush the
dust off the bearings, tension scale, and guide block assemblies.
the upper and lower tires with a stiff bristle brush. When working
with wood, this isn't necessary very often; but when working with
metals, it should be checked every time you use the saw. Metal chips
can imbed themselves in the rubber tires, causing them to crack
keep the table surface smooth and dust-free, clean the table and
apply a coat of good paste wax. Let the wax dry and buff to a polish.
Also, wax and polish the mounting tubes.
15 hours of operation, put one or two drops of a light-weight machine
oil on the tracking bearing (near the tension scale), the lower
backup bearing (above the lower blade guides), and the upper backup
bearing (above the upper blade guides). If you own a Bandsaw manufactured
after June 1984, your Back-up bearings require no additional lubrication.
year, place a small amount of graphite on the upper guide rod assembly,
the threads of the control knobs for the upper and lower guides,
and each of the table trunnions. After putting graphite on the trunnions,
move the table through the full tilt range a few times. (Graphite
can be bought by the tube at most hardware stores.)
the grease in the upper wheel bearings about once a year. Remove
the upper wheel by taking off the blade and releasing the wheel
retainer snap ring with a screwdriver. Then pack a small amount
of cup grease in the wheel bearing, and replace the wheel and snap
operating, be careful that the speed dial on the Mark V is turned
down to "slow" before connecting the Bandsaw. If the speed is set
beyond the maximum recommended speed (D), one or more of the rubber
tires may spin off.