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All manufacturers have differing ideas and guidelines for properly setting up the bandsaw. I suggest you thoroughly read those instructions. If you got yours used and they did not have instructions contacting the manufacturer will usually get you a free set. Well What Sizes Do Bandsaws Come In? Bandsaws are measured by the radius of the blade. Most bandsaws start at 9 inches and get bigger from there. Most 9 inch bandsaws are simply a heavy machine you connect securely to your preexisting worktable. There are 12 inch and 16 inch bandsaw tables as well but the grandpappy of them all is the 24 inch bandsaw table. This big boy is a table unto itself. The larger the bandsaw the more you will be able to do with that bandsaw. In addition as the bandsaw gets bigger the price has a strange way of increasing as well. I Have Heard That They Are Dangerous A firearm is dangerous sin the wrong hands. A bandsaw can be dangerous even in the right hands.
It is only when the prescribed amount is exceeded that it becomes distorted and loses strength. Think of valve springs in a gas/diesel engine. They operate within their ability to extend compress and return every time and run almost forever under harsh conditions. They do not exceed their steels ability to stretch and return. A good understanding of the above two paragraphs is very important to understand an accurate comparison between the swage tooth band and the set tooth that we will discuss below. Now let us look at a set tooth band of .042 thickness: The Kerf of a set tooth band is also two times the thickness. Usually .084 (sometimes more sometimes less). The difference is the set tooth shares the tooth load between 3 teeth. Each tooth is only .042 on the top or the leading edge. The most any tooth can cut is.042 wide. The average that the 3 teeth cut is only .028. The right and left tooth only cut the set amount beyond the body width. Only 2 of the teeth cut on the side and they only have 1 side to create side load which is very minimum. It is so small that I do not consider it to have a side load.
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Next to release the blade loosen each set of the bandsaws blade guides. Making enough space to allow for the simplest reinstallation of your new blade loosen the upper ball bearing guide and the upper block guides. Block guides must be loosened at all four directions - left-right and forward-back. Following this additionally loosen the lower blade guides beneath the saw table. Each blade guide has an adjustment knob to make this step a bit simpler. Next using the tension wheel (knob) release the tension on the blade. Once tension is adequately released you should be able to slide the blade safely from the blade-wheel through the slot in the saw table. Carefully recoil the blade and tie it off to prevent the thing from becoming an explosive blade disaster. Making Friends With Your New Blade: Opening your new bandsaw blade can also become an explosive blade disaster.
If a sawyer runs the band too hard or too dull he will distort the front. Then when he sends it out for repair the sawfiler has no choice but to distort the middle and the back to make the blade equal everywhere. He can make the blade saw and appear as if it is restored it to original but it is not. Of course the tooth sharpness can be restored but I am speaking of the body distortion. Now after 3 or 4 runs the band has been distorted by the sawyer and then distorted by the sawfiler and the molecules pulled apart (cracks in the gullets) and the sawyer or owner asks what is the sawfiler doing wrong. It is not the sawfilers fault. It is a matter of stressing the blade more than it can stand. If you want this cracking to stop then you have to lower tension which in turn makes you slow down and pull the band for sharpening more often. Or leave the tension the same and just sharpen much more often. All in all keep the tooth load lower.