Band Saw Tensioning

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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 02-24-2014 06:49 AM 839 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 06:49 AM

I am always at a loss as to how much to tension a band saw. I know there are a lot of theories out there. I am a tad paranoid I guess having broken one blade and not anxious to repeat the experience.

If memory serves me I even read a statement (not on this forum) that it would almost impossible to tighten a blade with the normal knob enough to break the blade. I have my doubts about that.

Just for information I am talking mainly about a 3/16 blade on the Chraftsman 14” saw. I have a Carter stabilizer on this saw also. I might add that on occation the blade with jump out of the track in the stabilizer. Any thoughts?


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 07:35 AM

Just snug it up so there is minimal deflection of the blade when you press on it with your finger. If the blade is sharp, and I cut slowly, I have found my bandsaw actually cuts better with moderate blade tension.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 11:10 AM

Thanks pintodeluxe. Appreciate your reply.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 03:37 PM

I’ve used the flutter method for years and never had it fail. Google bandsaw flutter method. It will give you all the info you need. I never spend more than 2 min getting a blade right on install.

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 01:35 AM

The above tensioning advice should get you where you need to be. Remember that the Stabilizer needs to be set farther forward than a normal thrust bearing to keep the blade from jumping out of the bearing groove. I set my Stabilizer1/8-3/16” in front of the back edge of the blade (after the blade is tensioned).

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 02:10 AM

gfadvm, That’s about where I keep mine. I think I am probably ok now with tensioning.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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