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Center-blade

Accurate bandsaw adjustments make all the difference between a so-so cut and one that requires little cleanup. Here are Michael Fortune's secrets for achieving great results.First, with the saw's power off, spin the upper wheel by hand to ensure the blade stays on the tire, turning the top-wheel adjustment knob as shown. Then, with the cover slightly ajar—enough to see the wheel and blade—turn on the saw and fine-tune the wheel angle to center the blade perfectly on the crown of the tire. This will cause the blade to center on the lower tire as well, provided the bearing and guide blocks are correctly adjusted. (Michael never adjusts the lower wheel.) Make a test cut in scrap, and then compare it to the drawing at right to determine if your blade is centered.