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I'm having a problem with blade tracking on my bandsaw. I may have to shim the top wheel. Not sure yet. In the meantime, I was poking around on the Internet looking for information about the thickness of flat washers to use as shims. I came across a site Bolt Depot - Nuts and Bolts, Screws and Fasteners online that has some great charts that you can download as PDFs. Besides good information you can print out charts , both SAE and Metric, actual size, so you determine just about anything you want to know about that nut, bolt, screw, or washer you found in the bottom of that jar you throw everything into. Wait, I think I'm talking about me now. I haven't purchased from them so I don't know anything about their quality, service or if there prices are competitive. Just thought I'd post this an FYI to anyone who can use these kinds of charts.
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I needed to use some flat washers once to space a pressure plate away from a flywheel so that the clutch plate I had had rebuilt would work. They needed to be very close in thickness to work. I went through a box of 100 with a caliper before I found 6 close enough.

Along straight edge across the wheels will tell you if they in-line. If they are in-line you might have a bad bearing, worn tires, or a bad blade. The tension could also be off. If you haven't watched the Alex Snodgrass video on you tube about how to set the blade up, you should watch it now. That might help you solve your problem too.

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Thanks, for the net sight. I have already downloaded. Thanks to you

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I needed to use some flat washers once to space a pressure plate away from a flywheel so that the clutch plate I had had rebuilt would work. They needed to be very close in thickness to work. I went through a box of 100 with a caliper before I found 6 close enough.

Along straight edge across the wheels will tell you if they in-line. If they are in-line you might have a bad bearing, worn tires, or a bad blade. The tension could also be off. If you haven't watched the Alex Snodgrass video on you tube about how to set the blade up, you should watch it now. That might help you solve your problem too.
Charles - Thanks for your suggestions. I have watched Alex's video a number of times. What I've learned is, if I tried to make reindeer as quickly as him, all of the blood would obscure my work Seriously, I had to adjust the tension and tilt the top wheel to make it parallel. I don't have a feeler gauge but, as close as I can measure my wheels are not quite coplanar. They are off between .02 - .03". I have been able to get the blade to track properly. Being that close I've decided not to try to shim it unless i have more problems. I'd probably just end up throwing it more out of alignment than it already is. I speak with extensive experience in that area.
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Thanks for the link. I have a lot of bolts and screwws that I have no idea what they are. This should help.

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