I’ve spent years involved with bandsaws, and hold a few patents focused around these machines, as well. I also work extensively with major companies, including Carter Products, which is a company with its foundation built on a better-designed bandsaw wheel first developed by founder Andy Carter.
Spending most days working around and with these machines has taught me a few things – stuff that sometimes stand directly in opposition to what many woodworkers’ have learned as common truths. Not only do I pass along my thoughts and ideas, I put them to use when in the shop. Today, you’re getting exposed to them, too.
I often hear woodworkers talk about bandsaw drift, especially when re-sawing materials. You’ve experienced it before, right? As you’re cutting stock, the blade slowly moves toward one edge of your board resulting in a cutoff that is less than perfect, if usable at all. The reason they experience drift (blade movement) is due to the way they have setup their machine.