Band saw adjustment

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Farrout posted 01-27-2011 03:05 PM 1562 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Farrout's profile


185 posts in 3151 days

01-27-2011 03:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question

I just got a 10” Craftsman bandsaw.
The book says to install the band, then adjust the tension but it doesn’t say how much tension it should have.
I made a few practice cuts on some oak, and it seemed to me that the blade wandered a bit, so I presume it needs to be tighter.
What is a good method to determine if it is correct?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

2 replies so far

View GregD's profile


788 posts in 3133 days

#1 posted 01-27-2011 03:32 PM

1/4” deflection for a saw with a 6” depth of cut.

Highland Woodworking has a number of good, free articles. This one covers resawing, but includes a helpful description on bandsaw tuning:

-- Greg D.

View AaronK's profile


1506 posts in 3462 days

#2 posted 01-27-2011 03:35 PM

Google “band saw setup” – basically the blade wandering does depend on tension, but it also depends on how the guide blocks are set up, how close the top ones are to the workpiece, and even on how quickly you feed the work into the blade. I have a 12” bandsaw and the largest blade it can hold is a 1/2”. I set my tension slightly higher than the notches they say. For example, if the blade is 1/4” I’ll set tension up at 3/8” mark. If you have to set the tension up higher than that, then something else is wrong.

your saw should have notches somewhere (possible inside if its similar to my craftsman model). If not, then when you google band saw setup you’ll find stuff about it. Some people go by the sound of the blade when it’s twanged, or by how much it deflects when you push it to one side. like i said, for me i just go up one notch. this also happens to be about the place where it feels sort of “finger tight” – like to push it any more I’m going to have to put in serious work :-)

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics