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#1 posted 02-02-2020 06:52 PM

This is the Snodgrass video I watched when I first got my band saw.

The bit about aligning the deepest part of the gullet to the center of the wheel had my old band saw humming in no time once I did that. All the blade configuration can be a bit overwhelming when you’re new to band saws. I was given a 3/8” 3 tpi blade and I tried to use that with bad results. I’m still not sure what such a blade is for.

The first blade I bought myself and learned to track and tension was a timber wolf 1/4” 8 tpi just like Rich mentioned. It was a world of difference. Since then I picked up a 3/8” 6 tpi that has become my general purpose blade but thats probably due to being in a new shop and building lots of shop furniture. I also have a 1/2” 2/3 tpi for resaw work but my saw has a really crappy fence so I rarely do that.

My first blade changes were frustrating because i had a hard time with tracking. Just take it slow and make minor adjustments. Like with many tools there will be a “light bulb” moment where you’re like “oh that’s how all these adjustments work” and from then on it should be much easier to do.

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