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09-30-2011 01:36 PM

Hello all. I’ve a question about tri master bandsaw blades. I installed one on my bandsaw and while it cuts very smoothly crosscuttig, it’s not so at ripping. I’ve set the guides and tracking etc, but the rip cut is not what I expected. The blade is tensioned up the 1 1/4” marking. I don’t know why I get a wavey cut vertically. Any reply is appreciated

Thanks

Mike


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#1 posted 09-30-2011 04:38 PM

Hi. I have a 20” Minimax and have a 171” tri master 1’ band on it. I’m ripping 1’” stock face down to get the tension right. 3” TPI. I Don’t want to stress the beam. Using the 1/4 deflection method Thanks

Mike

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 04:57 PM

I’m running a 141” 1 inch 2/3tpi trimaster on my 1950’ish 20” Rockwell. My tension? I’d describe as “tight enough” lol. On cross cuts, it’ll destroy anything it its path. On ripping 12” walnut logs, it’s a slow going blade. I just chalked it up to hardness of the stock. My bandsaw has a wimpy motor for it’s size, so I’m always trying not to strain it. I thought my 141 was expensive; I feel sorry for you guys;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 07:12 PM

That was a typo for 1 inch. Sorry. I called lenox and they said to try a different blade. They also said the blade should be tensioned to 30,000. I don’t have the meter to check it and at this time nor the money. Maybe if I loosen up the tension and start to increase it again. Thought that may help but still have reservations about to much tension. I havent tried resawing a large piece of wood yet, just using stock about 1 inch thick so far to adjust for drift and saw the ridges left by the blade. I’ve read where guys are getting a smooth surface by resawing with a verity of blades. Maybe I’m expecting to much?

I do appreciate the replies thanks

Mike

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 08:24 PM

Chili….good.
The Iturra catalog is more like a reference book than a catalog and it’s got a section, as well. I could scan and post if needed. I could never justify purchasing a tension meter. If I owned an Ag or a MM, maybe I could; but even a carbide blade is a stretch for my vintage machine. I would sure hate to break a 150+ inch carbide blade. Ouch.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 10-01-2011 09:12 AM

Why don’t you post a good clear picture of what’s happening so these guys can see and maybe help you. From what I read, you may be getting the quality cut a bandsaw gives you. You allways have to sand/joint/etc to get a smooth edge. Even a good tablesaw blade leaves a less than desirable surface in some cases. Post a pic.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#6 posted 10-01-2011 01:13 PM

Alright, I’ll take some today. Thanks, everybody.

Mike

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#7 posted 10-02-2011 06:09 PM

I didn’t forget the pictures. Had a bit of trouble getting the angle right so you can judge the cut. I loaded them to photobucket and have to get them on here. I’m NOT a computer guy. LOL.

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