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#1 posted 01-20-2016 11:20 PM

I have also had a hard time with instructions like that, where they suggest a certain deflection with “moderate pressure”. Such a bogus way to describe how to adjust the tension. Your moderate pressure might well be much less than mine, given that I am such a muscular hunk. The problem arises in that the average owner has nothing that could be used to calibrate the amount of pressure being applied to the belt.

That said, I agree that if you can easily achieve the prescribed deflection with the motor at the limit of the adjustment stops, then you have a problem. Another belt of the original size, or one slightly smaller would seem in order.

I am not familiar with this particular saw, but if it is the typical design that relies on the weight of the motor to control the tension on the belt you should be fine going with a new belt (shorter or original length) that allows you to seat the motor somewhere within the normal range of adjustments.

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