Band Saw Diagnostics
Issue: Issue 2.12
Posted Date: 7/17/2001
We are always amazed at how much people know about tools. This woodworker had a new (used) band saw and was having trouble starting it up. He put a new blade on it and when he flipped the switch, it didn't move. If he manually moved the blade a bit, it would be fine. He wondered if it was too tight.
It was generally agreed that, barring other things, it was probably his capacitor. Someone commented that the blade would need to be extremely tight to prevent the motor from turning.
Here were other things he was told to check:
The participants included explicit instructions about how to replace a capacitor and a warning about discharging it carefully to avoid a nasty shock. It was also agreed that this would be one of the cheapest things to fix on the band saw.