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#1 posted 01-25-2018 01:44 AM

Thanks for the responses! Well, I’ve set up the saw once again following the video—nothing changed. 1” cuts are okay; the 3-1/2” cuts fail miserably.

Using “flutter” test I tensioned the blade until it stopped “fluttering” and then added an extra turn as suggested by the manufacturer but when cutting the blade still entered 3” boards at a shallow angle and didn’t straighten up until it bound. I kept increasing the tension until the blade has changed tracking and started hitting the aluminum blade guard. I re-checked and, yes, changing the tension changes the tracking of the blade—who knew! Will see if anything else could be done here (after I get a new blade).

Can I continue tensioning and adjusting the tracking? What breaks first, the band saw or the blade? The tensioning knob is getting hard to turn.

Perhaps the guides aren t set close enough
to the blade sides. Perhaps there isn t enough

- Loren

The guides on the right side wear pretty quickly. The blade twists and files down the coners.

Bsaws are wonderful when they work but are a true PITA when they don t.

- Andybb

Yes, kind of frustrating; this is a new 14” Jet and I haven’t been able to cut anything so far.

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