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Forum topic by mangorockfish posted 07-26-2020 08:41 PM 354 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2020 08:41 PM

A few weeks ago I bought a 12” Craftsman Professional band saw for a decent price and in beautiful condition except missing the table insert and leveling pin. I installed new Blue Max tires on it and tuned it up. Tensioned up the blade and turned it on, ran like a champ for about 10 seconds and the 1/4” blade snapped. I had the tension at between the 1/4” and 3/8” mark on the guide. The blade had some rust stains on it, but seemed ok when I looked at it before reinstalling it after I put the new tires on it. It didn’t break at the weld, so could it be a weak/or faulty blade, or should I be looking for something to do with the saw? I’m sure the blade was the original. Thanks for any thoughts on this.

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#1 posted 07-26-2020 08:48 PM

Don’t trust the tension guide. There are better ways to tension a blade.

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#2 posted 07-26-2020 10:35 PM

sometimes blades just break – especially with a bad weld.
just replace the blade and get back to work.


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#3 posted 07-26-2020 11:11 PM

10 seconds sounds like just about the right amount of time for the blade to walk off the wheel and catch on something causing it to brake.

Did you turn the wheel by hand after putting it on to make sure it was riding correctly?

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#4 posted 07-27-2020 01:16 AM

If you are so inclined, your bandsaw blades are easy to repair with silver solder and a propane torch. The supplies will initially cost you more than the price of a new blade but, you will then have them for later repairs if needed. You might consider buying a new blade and then getting the supplies to repair the broken one. You will then either have a spare blade or will have the practice and know-how for future repairs. I can give you more details if you are interested and there are YouTube videos on the subject.

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#5 posted 07-27-2020 02:50 AM

Thanks, ordering a new blade from Carter in the morning.

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#6 posted 07-27-2020 05:37 PM

Don t trust the tension guide. There are better ways to tension a blade.

- ibewjon

What method would you recommend?

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#7 posted 07-27-2020 06:02 PM

The tensioning guide is only a rough estimate for the blade width. I tension mine by pushing it to the side. If it give about an 1/8 of an inch or maybe a little less it’s good on my saw. I might have the same saw. it’s from the late 70’s.

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#8 posted 07-27-2020 08:57 PM

What method would you recommend?
- 23tony

For my Timberwolf blades I use the mfg recommended flutter test method:


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