|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 03-13-2015 12:50 AM||748 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
03-13-2015 12:50 AM
How do I know when my tension is set right?
My new “craftsman” 14 inch band saw has a “blade tension scale” on it. It has marks for blades of different widths. I think it is completely bogus. Seems to suggest way too low of a tension.
In my naive first attempts to use the saw today (making a replacement handle for the trash can in my shop), I found that the low tension recommended by the scale for my 1/4” blade seemed way too low. The blade didn’t put up any effort to stay straight as I turned the wood to follow my pattern. As I turned the wood, the blade would just turn with the wood, keeping me from changing the direction of my cut.
I cranked up the tension just a little and it seemed much better. Now I’m wondering “how much is too much”?
Is the down-side to too much tension “catastrophic”? (like the band breaks)
Or is it just a matter of “tighten it up until it feels right”?
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.