Band Saw: Blade won't move when motor runs

A broken saw blade, failed drive belt or damaged rubber tire can prevent the blade from moving when the motor runs.

Check the condition of the blade and replace the blade if it’s broken.

If the blade is okay, examine the rubber tires and replace any worn or damaged tire.

If the blade and rubber tires are okay, check the motor drive belt and replace if it’s worn or broken.

These repairs may help solve your Band Saw problem:

Replace the band saw drive belt

Drive belt

The drive belt connects the drive motor pulley to the lower wheel and rotates the lower wheel, which spins the band saw blade. Examine the drive belt regularly and replace the drive belt if it's broken or damaged.

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Replace the band saw rubber tire

Rubber tire

The band saw rubber tires fit over the upper and lower wheels and grip the band saw blade to prevent slipping. Examine the band saw rubber tires regularly and replace worn or damaged tires.

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Replace the band saw blade

Band saw blade

The band saw blade becomes dull with use. Cutting hard wood or metal hastens blade dulling. The band saw blade is dull when you must apply significantly more than normal force to push the piece you’re cutting through the blade. Replace the band saw blade when it's dull or damaged.

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

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