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your Shopsmith Bandsaw for optimal performance:
Shopsmith Bandsaw is one of the most frequently used tools
in many shops. To maintain its optimal performance, certain
maintenance procedures are required. Here's what we suggest:
Bandsaw has several parts that require periodic lubrication.
The following parts should all be lubricated using powdered
graphite and NOT oil or grease. The reason being...oil
& grease attract sawdust, where dry, powdered graphite will
Blade Tensioning Screw inside the Cover
square Upper Blade Guide Post
Upper and Lower Blade Guide Adjusting Screws
Work Table Tilt Trunion
the Upper Wheel Bearings. Following the instructions
in your Manual, remove the Upper Wheel Shaft Retaining Ring
and the Fiber Washer...wipe the Shaft with a clean rag to
eliminate dust and dirt and apply a very, very small
amount of cup grease or furnace bearing grease. Replace
As you work with your Bandsaw, dust and pitch will accumulate
on the Tires, Blade Guides and Blades, affecting your machine's
performance. Fine sawdust will dry out bearings and cause
them to wear prematurely - and pitch on Blades, Blade Guides
recommend that you use a stiff bristle brush (discarded "firm"
toothbrushes are ideal for this) and mineral spirits to remove
impacted dust from Tires, Guides, Blades
Sharpening - No saw blades will last forever. Eventually,
your blades will dull to the point where they will have
to be sharpened or replaced. Your Manual includes step-by-step
procedures for proper Blade sharpening (or you can have
them sharpened professionally).
Guide Blocks - Through use, the Guide Blocks on your
Bandsaw will become worn or scored. We suggest that you
use a flat-surfaced grinding or sanding tool such
as a Belt Sander, Strip Sander, Disc Sander or whetstone
to re-surface the guides to their original shapes.
important that you maintain their current angles and remove
as little material as possible in the process. If the long
Blocks become shorter than 1-3/8" - or the short
Blocks shorter than 3/4", replace them.
Replacement -- If a Bandsaw Tire becomes torn or damaged...or
its surface is rough or uneven, the Tire should be replaced.
are available through the on-line catalog and include
complete, detailed, step-by-step installation instructions.
is our suggested maintenance schedule for your Shopsmith Bandsaw.
In all cases "Hours" means hours of running time:
you notice an unusual noise or vibration, stop the machine
immediately and check the Blade, Guide Blocks, Back-Up
Guide Rollers, Table Trunion and other components for proper
alignment and tightening. Do NOT operate your Bandsaw
until you have corrected the problem.
5 hours of running time, brush/blow out the Bandsaw
Every 10 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - check
all alignments and adjustments. Clean all pitch from Blades,
Blade Guides and Tires. Lubricate the Trunions, Blade Tension
Screw, Blade Guide Post and Blade Guide Adjusting Screws.
Coat the Work Table Surface, Miter Gauge Slot and Insert
with a high quality furniture PASTE wax and buff.
This will help your workpieces glide more easily and smoothly
across the surface during operations and protect metal surfaces
from the formation of rust.
50 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - grease the
Upper Wheel needle bearings, check all Guide Blocks, Back-Up
Blade Rollers and Tires for wear.
If you're having problems with your Shopsmith Bandsaw, start
by referring to the Troubleshooting Chart in your Owner's
Manual. If you are unable to find the solution to your problem
there...or of you don't have an Owner's Manual, please feel
free to call our TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline
at 1-800-762-7555 for assistance.