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#1 posted 03-29-2011 11:56 PM

TheDane- Are you certain that your neighbor’s problem is because he didn’t use a tension release? I ask because it would be the first time I have ever heard a real example of someone who had a problem because he kept it tensioned all the time. I hear a LOT of “if’s” and “could’s” from people, especially companies who make them….

I suppose it would make sense that a thin blade would be more likely to weaken if always kept tensioned, and a wide blade may be more likely to flatten a tire because it has to be under a lot more tension than a narrow blade. And I suppose if you kept a blade tensioned for a very long time (years) without turning on the saw it may be more likely to cause problems. But if you’re using the saw several times a week, I don’t know. Unless the horror stories we her about actually happen, isn’t it more about speculation than reality?

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