Blade tension setting on Jet 14 inch bandsaw

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Forum topic by Ralph610 posted 943 days ago 1310 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m never sure if I have the tension right on the blade when changing it . How is this done ?? Thanks

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#1 posted 943 days ago

Google bandsaw blade tensioning. There is a BUNCH of stuff there.


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#2 posted 943 days ago

I just tension mine until I only have ΒΌ” right to left movement of the blade.

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#3 posted 943 days ago

Ralph—I have a Jet 14” that I retrofitted with a Carter Quick Release. With the Carter QR released, I change the blade, set the tension using the built-in indicator that came on the saw for the size blade I installed, then raise the lever on the Carter … it has always worked well (for some reason, my saw has never had any drift … cuts straight as a string).

On my old Craftsman, I would raise the guide all the way then set a square on the table about 1/4” away from the blade and press (moderate pressure) on the blade about midway between the table and guide with my index finger while tightening the tension. When it got tight enough that I could press only press the blade 1/4” I was good to go.


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