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Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264466 by gwjo » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:06 am

I have a 11” bandsaw. All of the bearings run freely and it seems to be in good order except that the upper wheel arm is really stiff on its pivot and doesn’t move freely making it almost impossible to tension the blade properly. I’ve used penetrating oil to try to loosen it up. Ideally would like to take the arm off completely in order to clean it up and lubricate it but it won’t budge. Any suggestions on how to free it up and get it off?
Many thanks
George

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Re: Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264473 by JPG » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:56 am

gwjo wrote:I have a 11” bandsaw. All of the bearings run freely and it seems to be in good order except that the upper wheel arm is really stiff on its pivot and doesn’t move freely making it almost impossible to tension the blade properly. I’ve used penetrating oil to try to loosen it up. Ideally would like to take the arm off completely in order to clean it up and lubricate it but it won’t budge. Any suggestions on how to free it up and get it off?
Many thanks
George

Have you removed both the retaining clip AND the flat bar spring?

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Re: Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264483 by gwjo » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:23 pm

Yes. Done that.

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Re: Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264485 by JPG » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:43 pm

gwjo wrote:Yes. Done that.

We need to see pictures.

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Goldie(Bought New SN 377425)/4" jointer/6" beltsander/12" planer/stripsander/bandsaw/powerstation /Scroll saw/Jig saw /Craftsman 10" ras/Craftsman 6" thicknessplaner/ Dayton10"tablesaw(restoredfromneighborstrashpile)/ Mark VII restoration in 'progress'/ 10E(SN E3779) restoration in progress, a 510 on the back burner and a growing pile of items to be eventually returned to useful life. - aka Red Grange

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Re: Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264491 by gwjo » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:22 am

Here is the photo. I’m thinking about using a gear puller to see if that will work.'

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Re: Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264494 by rpd » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:27 am

gwjo wrote:Here is the photo. I’m thinking about using a gear puller to see if that will work.'


Posting pictures can be a bit tricky. This thread will walk you through the process. :)
https://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum/community-f7/how-to-post-a-picture-t19246.html

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Re: Bandsaw upper wheel arm is very tight

#264500 by wa2crk » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:33 pm

Are you trying to remove the wheel from the arm? Or are you trying to remove the arm from the casting? The wheel arm is held in place by a snap ring and a washer located above the tension scale. The wheel arm pivots on a stud that is permanently pressed into the main casting. Try to remove the snap ring and washer and put some PB Blaster into the pivot point. As long as things are moving now, putting the PB Blaster in and working the wheel arm back and forth until you get enough movement to work it off. Then clean everything and put a SMALL amount of grease on the pivot pin and re-assemble. DO NOT try to remove the pivot pin from the casting.
Bill V

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