are some great tips for keeping your Bandsaw operating properly:
- Clean the inside
of the Bandsaw occasionally. Take off the cover and either blow the
dust out with an air compressor or suck it out with a shop vacuum. Be
sure to brush all of the dust off the bearings, tension scale and guide
- Clean the upper
and lower tires with a stiff bristle brush. This isn't as necessary
when working with wood as it is when working with metals (when it should
be checked after each use). Metal chips can imbed themselves in the
tire rubber, causing them to crack and split.
- Keep the Table
surface clean and free of dust by applying a coat of good quality paste
wax. Allow the wax to dry then buff to a polish. Also, wax and polish
the Mounting Tubes.
- Every 15 hours
of operation, put one or two drops of a lightweight machine oil on the
tracking bearing (near the tension scale), the lower blade back-up bearing
(above the lower blade guides) and the upper blade back-up bearing (above
the upper blade guides).
- Every year, place
a small amount of powdered graphite (can be bought at most Home Centers
and hardware stores) on the upper guide rod assembly, the threads of
the control knobs for the upper and lower guides and each of the table
trunions. After putting graphite on these trunions, move the table through
its full range a few times.
- Replenish 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 into
the wheel bearing and replace the wheel and snap ring.
- When operating
your Bandsaw, be careful that the Speed Dial on your MARK V is turned
down to slow before connecting the Bandsaw. If the speed
is set beyond the maximum recommended Bandsaw Speed (D),
one or more of the rubber tires could spin off the machine.
- For accurate and
safe cutting, use your Miter Gauge and Safety Grip whenever possible.