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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

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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