RIKON 14" Bandsaw Blade Tension

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Forum topic by empty5853 posted 04-23-2018 06:59 PM 1315 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2018 06:59 PM

Have a question on Blade tension.

Some background first

I bought a used RIKON Model 10-325 14” bandsaw 2 years ago. I love it. It had a Timberwolf 3/4” resaw blade on it that was almost new. I decided that I needed a new blade for it as the other one was getting pretty worn

I bought a Timberwolf 3/4” VPC resaw blade for it. It’s a “low tension” type” so you don’t have to crank it up so tight. Going by the tension gauge on the saw I can’t get it to where it says that a 3/4” blade should be. I get it close but it becomes so tight I can’t even turn the tension knob on the top of the saw.

Also, the bandsaw had a Timberwolf 3/4” resaw blade on it when I bought the saw and the tension didn’t seem near as tight as I have mine. The tension release lever was also easier to release (on the old blade) vs. what it is now. I can barely move it to release the tension.

This is the first bandsaw I’ve owned. I’m experienced with other woodworking machines but I’m learning on the bandsaw.

My question is …...... Do I have the blade too tight?


Mark T.

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#1 posted 04-23-2018 09:42 PM

Short answer is YES. I have the very same saw. If you have a hard time releasing the tension than you have it to tight. If you look inside at the tension spring and see that it is coil bound, that is the reason it is so hard to release. Forget the tension gauge it is useless as it is on all band saws. Put your blade on and crank up the guide post to top. Pull back any bearings from the blade and lock down. Put some tension on the blade then hand spin the wheels to make sure the blade is tracking OK. Start it up and observe the blade. If it is fluttering, you most likely need more tension ( conversely if see no flutter try loosening the tension). Loosen or tighten the tension slowly. Observe the blade between adjustments. When it stops fluttering, the tension is correct. Now set your guide bearings (top and bottom) and your done. If the 3/4” Timberwolf blade is the only blade you have used. Try some others and less width. I think you will find that other blades will work better the 3/4 Timberwolf on this saw. If you have not upgrade the bearings that are how available from Rikon, do it and you will really like the saw even better.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#2 posted 04-23-2018 09:47 PM

1/2” TOPS on a 14” saw regardless what is said in the manual. It’ll do everything except tight curves. I also use a 3/8” and a 1/4” for the small stuff.

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#3 posted 04-24-2018 09:27 AM

Great Answers. Thanks guys.

I know this is probably opening up a “can of worms” but what 1/2”” blade do you all recommend?

Mark T.

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#4 posted 04-24-2018 12:26 PM

I can’t give you a good answer to that. There are a lot of good blades and bad one. I’ve used a number of different blades but have not picked a really good one out. You will have to get someone else to give you an answer.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#5 posted 04-24-2018 01:38 PM

These are my favorite blades I use on my 14 Pm. Since it take s a 93 1/2 I can get them right of the shelf at Rockler.
I also spend a minute to look at the weld before I buy.
My second choice is a lesser quality blade I can pick up down the street. I also don’t run blade over a 1/2 inch. 3/8 blade work just fine.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 05-04-2018 01:03 PM

Here’s a video on setting up your bandsaw that I think is excellent

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#7 posted 05-05-2018 08:38 AM

Great video. Thank you.

Mark T.

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#8 posted 05-05-2018 11:48 PM

I agree-very informative video for us newbies; thanks

-- Randy

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