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Well What Is An Automatic Bandsaw Sharpener Then? With an automatic bandsaw sharpener all you do is purchase a machine that will automatically sharpen the bandsaw blade for you. This machine can be pricey of course but most people enjoy being able to set a timer and other various settings while they walk away from the bandsaw sharpener as it sharpens the teeth. This is preferred by most woodworkers because it is simplistic and there is a lesser chance of damage being done to the bandsaw blade and to your personage. Choosing between the manual and automatic bandsaw sharpeners available on the market today is a difficult task. Usually the sharpener is expensive and quite bulky. This may make it unsuitable for the average user. However those woodworkers whom choose to own their own bandsaw sharpener never complain about the expensive price of bandsaw blades again. Bandsaws are mainly used by woodworkers for curve cutting and re-sawing.
Again using the tension wheel (knob) apply tension to the new blade. You may need to hold the blade in place until the tension itself becomes enough to maintain the blades position. Just exactly how much tension you apply to the blade is dependent upon the type more specifically the width of blade youve installed. There should be a tension-indicator on the back of your bandsaw to help you find the proper tension for your blade. Tracking: Once youve applied proper tension to the blade it needs to be tracked or centered. Using the tracking knob on the side of the band saw you can perfectly center the blade on the blade-wheels. Turn this knob while using your other hand to spin the blade wheel. This will allow you to see all of the blade and to track it accordingly. Adjusting: Next finalize the adjustments to your upper ball bearing guide which should sit just exactly behind though not touching the blade. There should be only a hairs breadth of space between the guide and the blade.
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Tension: Adequate blade tension reduces the blades tendency to lead erratically under thrust. I have found that the standard tension gauge is not accurate. It is better to use a little more tension than indicated. You can check it by opening up the thrust bearings and lateral guides. Back off both above and below the table so they do not contact the blade. Crank the tension gauge to the desired setting. Give the blade a sideways nudge about halfway between the upper and lower wheels. The blade will deflect easily for a short distance. This sideways movement should be 1/4". If you push harder it will bend farther but there is a distinct point where it quits deflecting easily. If you can deflect more than 1/4" then add tension until this deflection is 1/4". Stock Control: How does one cut straight lines? Answer: find out how the saw wants to do it and do it that way.