DIY band saw repair

A band saw comes in handy when cutting a variety of materials, but if you're having problems with it—maybe the saw blade won't move or won't cut straight—Sears PartsDirect can help with troubleshooting tips and advice.

The solutions to symptoms listed below can help you figure out what's wrong with your band saw, and the step-by-step repair guides will help you replace the broken part. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your band saw, search for your model number.

Band Saws

Symptoms for band saws

Choose a symptom to see related band saw repairs.

Main causes: damaged rubber tire, worn wheel bearings, loose blade tension, dull saw blade
Main causes: dull blade, improper feeding, loose blade tension, not using a work piece guide
Main causes: dull blade, using the wrong type of blade, feeding work piece to quickly, loose blade tension
Main causes: angle indicator needs adjustment, dull blade
Main causes: broken saw blade, bad drive belt, damaged rubber tire
Main causes: dull blade, using the wrong type of blade, weak drive motor
Main causes: lack of electrical power, broken power cord, bad on/off switch, faulty drive motor

Repair guides for band saws

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your band saw.

April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a band saw drive belt

If the motor runs but the blade doesn't move, it could be that the drive belt is broken. Here's how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a band saw blade

If the saw blade is dull or damaged and isn't cutting cleanly, replace the blade following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a band saw tire

If the band saw tire has stretched or is broken and no longer stays on the wheel, use these steps to replace the tire.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a band saw on-off switch

If the switch won't turn the band saw on or off, it could be defective. Replace the switch, using these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos for band saws

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your band saw.

January 18, 2016

How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to use a multimeter to check for wiring problems in an appliance that's not working

April 1, 2015

Band saw common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

These answers to common questions can help you make the most of your band saw.