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Forum topic by Hard_as_Wood posted 05-18-2017 09:33 PM 217 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hard_as_Wood

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05-18-2017 09:33 PM

I put on my TW 111” 3/4” blade and got all my rollers setup where I want them.

I tension the blade and then I’m as loose as I can go but the knob on top is tight. Shouldn’t turning the knob on top to loosen the tension get looser? Mine gets tighter. It actually gets looser when I tighten the knob.

Makes no sense.

When I tension it up, I can hear the blade kind of pop tight, it sounds awful and I’m not getting the deflection out of it like I should, it’s tight and stiff.

I should check the size. I’m assuming they gave me a 111” maybe it’s smaller.

Don’t know where to go from here….

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#1 posted 05-18-2017 09:47 PM

Clockwise on the tension knob should raise the top wheel (tighten blade). Counter clockwise should lower the top wheel (loosen blade). Tighten with quick release lever in the on position.

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#2 posted 05-18-2017 09:50 PM

Correct, it moves that way, but I’m down all the way I can go and it still seems excessively tight.

Is their anything I can adjust so I can lower it even more?

-- Ciao!

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#3 posted 05-19-2017 12:49 AM

Apparently you got it loose enough to get the blade on so I’m at a loss as to what the problem is. Did you verify the blade length?

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#4 posted 05-19-2017 11:46 AM

Yes, when the tension is off then the blade came off and on very easily.

It’s when I put the blade tension on and then try to loosen the tension is when I run into problems. I went down again this morning and looked at it again and I think I might be blowing this out of proportion. I did run it yesterday several times to check for blade tracking and all was good.

According to Alex Snodgrass video https://youtu.be/wGbZqWac0jU?list=PL4-DbKF0dMcCQxNI44XTrpUjZtafrFcmE on how to setup a BS for resawing I have the correct tension on the blade and this time it didn’t make those odd popping sounds… I think I’m nervous, I don’t want to ruin my bs

whats the worse that could happen? blade brakes?

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