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Old 08-16-2007, 06:47 AM
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I recently purchased a small HF band saw, Clarke 4.5" model. I can't seem to set the saw up correctly. The blade will not stay on the rollers. Any suggestions on setting this machine up correctly?

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Old 08-16-2007, 07:34 AM
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This is what I did...


1) Pack up the Chink-o-matic saw and give it to an unsuspecting friend.

2) Puchase this.
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:58 AM
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short of spending the large $$$ on the Ellis, is the blade a new, good quality one? is the blade tension too loose, or possibly too tight?
there are a lot of sites out there dealing with the little saws. there is a yahoo group dedicated to them as well.
lots of good info here at sft, and there.
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This is what I did...


1) Pack up the Chink-o-matic saw and give it to an unsuspecting friend.

I suspected nothing. you have succeeded...
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:44 AM
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Chumly,
I have tried as tight as I can adjust the blade, and 1/4 turns from a point just beyond the "falling off" point. The blade is the one supplied with the saw. Perhaps a new blade might help the situation.
I bought this saw because I was looking for something cheap that was easily moved. So the "battleship" brands were not even considered. I was also aware that I would catch a bit of grief when I posted my question, but I also realized that a lot of folks on this board were using a lot of H F equipment, so I felt confidant that I would get a useful reply.

Thanks for ALL of the replies!
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:00 AM
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Vince try this site:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/4x6bandsaw/

This site pertains to tuning, fixing problems, and modifacations of the small bandsaws.
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The blade is the one supplied with the saw.
This is the first place to start. the blades typically shipped with the import saws are pretty much good as a space claim only during shipping. then definitely look at the yahoo group.
I have had a hf unit for a long time, and have been very happy with its performance, so long as you don't expect it to be an ellis, k-zoo, or do-all equivavlent. lots and lots of stuff cut on mine. As Shade alluded to abaove, I have recently upgraded to a larger import...
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Vince, if the blade is popping out of the guides, then it is running off the wheels. You need to adjust the angle of your idler wheel. Remember that the band will ride up to the high side.
I would start by loosening the guide bearings, adjust the idler until the blade runs true, then go back & adjust the guide bearings to align the cut.
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I have one and it works great.

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Old 08-18-2007, 11:47 PM
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As Cutter said.
Replace blade with a nice bi-metal, give original blade to some one you dislike!
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