Hi, I just bought a nice barely used Dayton 14” band saw, model 1FYX1A, and for a very good price. Since there was no manual with it (and nothing on-line) and it being my first band saw, I had to watch a couple of YouTube videos to learn how to R&R the blade. I also learned how to get the blade tracking correctly by adjusting the “co-planing” so the blade is centered on the tires.
My question though is about what size blade does it take. I did a Google search and found a website spelling out the specs and it said the maximum blade length was 93”. I assume that is the standard blade length or do I actually have options on length? If I do, what purposes would longer or shorter lengths serve? Also, I know there is supposed to be a certain amount of deflection in the blade based on the amount of tension. The adjustment knob on back shows marks where a given blade is supposed to be tightened to, i.e., a half inch blade seems to be slightly looser than the mark for a 3/4” blade. (or maybe I have it backwards) anyway, are those marks meant to serve only as guidelines? Is the deflection the ultimate measurement on blade tension?
I realize I have several questions, but I just want to be sure I have everything adjusted correctly. I want to have it working properly and adjusted properly so that it lasts me a long time and I don’t do something to cause things to wear out prematurely.
I’m hoping that one or more of you will educate me on the topic.
P.S. on a side note, I’m signing up for a class at my local Woodcraft store so I can learn as much as I can about how to best utilize my new saw.
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