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Similarly you must adjust the upper block guides in their forward-back positions centering them to the center of the blades width. In their left-right positions adjust the guide blocks to only faintly touch the blade. Adjust the lower blade guides in the same manner. Testing: And at that your bandsaw blade removal and reinstallation is almost complete. The last step of the procedure is simply testing the sucker out. Plug-in and engage your bandsaw. Observe the blade - ensure it doesnt vibrate or fall out of center. In the event the blade does vibrate or fall out of center simply re-tension and re-track the blade until it spins properly. Im often asked what sort of blades I use on my bandsaw. And the answer is - it depends.
No matter what size or style you choose for your bandsaws bandsaw sharpeners keep that blade at the peak of perfection. Whoa What Exactly Do Bandsaw Sharpeners Do? Bandsaw sharpeners are not really hard to explain. They do exactly what the name implies: bandsaw sharpeners sharpen your bandsaw blades. Bandsaw blades tend to dull with use. Of course this is obvious; all you have to do is take a long look at what that little blade is doing for you. My teeth would get kind of dull and tired if I was munching through that much wood. Having to replace those bandsaw blades can get extremely expensive. True they cost an average of $10 USD per blade but when you have to replace them multiple times you may decide that sharpening that blade is more economic for you. Okay So How Do Bandsaw Sharpeners Work? This is the beautiful part. There are a couple of options to the person that is wanting to sharpen the bandsaw blades rather than of replacing the bandsaw blades.
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A bandsaw blade has to be matched to the job in hand and to a lesser extent to the size of the bandsaw. You would not try to rip a 2" board with a tenon saw nor crosscut plywood with a greenwood saw. You would select the right blade for the job and the same is true for a bandsaw. Just because the machine is powered does not mean that one blade will cut everything it wont. So we need a selection of blades dependent on what we are doing. Fortunately despite there being a vast array of blades to choose from we can do 99% of our normal work with just two or three different blades. Blade width Given that the challenge with a bandsaw is to get it to cut straight it is easy to think that the wider the blade the better and to a certain extent this is true. You are likely to get better results with a ½" or ¾" blade than a ¼" one. But the temptation is to go as wide as the wheels will take. Which is an inch or more.