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#1 posted 01-24-2018 03:49 AM

Blade Tension

When I finally broke down a bought a proper ‘tension gauge’ I was surprised how under tension my blade was – yet I was using the chart and the marks that came with my bandsaw.

Unfortunately, a proper tension meter is quite expensive – around $300, although I was able to pick up a used one for about half that on eBay


There are several youtube videos on how to make your own tension meter using a dial indicator you may want to look into or a lot of people use the ‘flutter’ test

Also a good video on how to set up the blade (Alex Snodgrass)

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