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BladeTensioning

Accurate bandsaw adjustments make all the difference between a so-so cut and one that requires little cleanup. During a visit to the shop of premier master craftsman, Michael Fortune, he shared with us how he uses his $350 bandsaw to get results you'd expect to see from a saw costing two or three times as much. Here's one of this shop-proven tips.Michael applies just enough tension to allow him to deflect the blade 1/4" with finger pressure as shown. "When tensioning the blade, I get better results by adjusting it lower than the settings marked on the saw," he says. "For a 1/2" blade, for instance, I adjust the tension to the 3/8" setting." After sawing, Michael releases the blade tension to avoid creating a tire-damaging track and forming a bend in the blade that could stress the weld over time.