Today, I fired up the Bandsaw for the first time. Visually, the band saw looks to be in pristine shape, though I know this sat for years unused in the fellow's garage who i bought it from. Before flipping the switch, I checked alignment of the blade on the outside and also checked the belts for visual age.
Finally, I turned the machine on "D" level and cranked it down a bit. It ran for 1 minute, I made a few relief cuts, but then I smelled hot rubber.
I turned the machine off and checked the belts inside. I noticed that the belts were riding, not exactly in the grooves of both belts, but rather, the belts were slowly working their way up the back side of the grove, just a little. With my finger, I nudged them down fully into the groove while manually turning the wheel they were mounted on. That is the only correction I made.
Put the panel back on, and fired it up again. This time, I heard a pop then scraping noise almost immediately, then POW, the blade knicked the round insert on the table.
When I opened the panel, the top belt had come completely off its wheel (correct nomentclature?) along with the saw blade.
You can probably tell that I'm not very mechanically inclined....but I would love to hear some guesses as to what I didn't do BEFORE turning it on that might have been a mistake, why it might have done what it did, and further, what I should do now!
Be gentle....I'm already feeling inexperienced and stupid.