The guide post alignment problem with no-name European band saw has been solved. You will remember that Joe was having very real issues with the guide post every time he moved it up or down; he was completely unable to reposition the post without having to re-adjust the position of the guide bearings. This was a total pain in the behind.
Joe found the problem. Totally frustrated, he removed the entire guide column bracket, and disassembled it. While doing this he noticed a large glob of fused powder coating in some areas, which he chiseled away. BINGO! Hidden behind these globs of paint were the set screws that allow proper alignment of the guide column. He adjusted the set screws, and noticed that the column not only moved up and down very smoothly, but now the guide bearings stayed in place relative to the back edge of the blade!
Thank you, Joe, for letting us know how you solved this bothersome issue! I am sure that some readers of the blog will also be thankful, as they find they can also adjust their band saws a little better.
For those who wonder what the guide column bracket looks like, here is a photo — if you are having similar issues with your band saw, remove the box from the band saw, and take a look inside:
This entire episode showed me how well we can work together across long distances, connected with the common interest of woodworking and using the Internet. I look forward to helping others, no matter where in the world you might be located.
In addition to solving the guide post alignment problems, Joe also found that the band saw table was not flat. So he commissioned a local machine shop to grind it perfectly flat:
Finally, he tricked out the band saw by getting a Laguna DriftMaster fence, which he will use with a power feeder:
Joe reports flawless resaw cuts of the premium rosewood using his band saw. Congratulations, Joe! I look forward to the results using the power feeder on this band saw and 20-inch slabs of your premium wood.
— Al Navas