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Forum topic by kkaiser posted 08-11-2011 05:11 PM 840 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2011 05:11 PM

howdy all,

recently got the grzzly 17inch bs. after much ado, (had to build a building for it to go in) and then, did somehing funcky on the tensions of the blade and made the tire come off and melt a little, grizzly went me new one as under warranty but still my fault. anyway, got everyting back together, new tire, etc, and did a few cuts,

i was cutting a scrp 4×4 piece of framing lumber. the cut is wavy on the face of the cut,, is seems pretty much in a strait line as far as strait across, but the actual face is very wavy,like lots of waves, is that too much tension, not enough tension, i kept lookig for the “flutter” on the tension, and i just couldnt see any, as i was afraod to go too low, and run the blade off again and ruin another tire, or go too tight and run the blade off and ruint the tire,

any thooughts would be great.


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#1 posted 08-11-2011 05:33 PM

The Grizzly saws usually have an index as part of the tensioning mechanism.

Allegedly, that index (marked by width of blade being used) is pretty darned accurate.

Works for me … on my 14” Grizzly.

EDIT: Even MORE important: get RID of the OEM blade, and replace it with a Lenox, a TimberWolf, or a Wood Slicer, depending on what your usage will be.

The OEM blades … suck.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 05:26 AM

From your description I would guess the “waves” are saw marks from too slow a feed rate,poor quality blade, or stopping/starting frequently during your cut. I have the 17” Grizzly Extreme series and use Timberwolf blades tensioned using the T Wolf method/recommendations and get very smooth cuts. If you are new to bandsaws, the Mark Dejinsky book is very useful. I would also make sure you are useing the right blade for the job. T Wolf is very good about answering questions as to which blades will best suit your application. I have no affiliation with T Wolf but have been happy with their blades for several years. Hope this helps.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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