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#1 posted 09-19-2011 07:23 PM

I occasionally have had this problem-sometimes I have attributed it to a new blade because eventually it does diminish as the blade is used. However as I think about it I think that what is happening is the blade is “walking” back and forth because perhaps the back bearing is not close enough and the side guides might have a bit to much clearance.
I generally set the side guides to run as close to the teeth as possible and also minimal clearance to the back bearing. Another thing that I do(probably wrong) is to run increased blade tension. If the blade is 1/4” I will tension it closer to 3/8”. I think that doing this helps prevent blade drift when I am doing straight cuts.
Hope this helps.

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