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TightenYourBelt

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.Here's another idea for some bandsaw models. To ensure a well-tensioned belt between the motor and saw, Michael loosens the bolts holding the motor down, and then drives opposing wedges between the motor and saw base, as shown. With the slack removed, he retightens the motor's bolts. This results in a belt that delivers maximum power and doesn't slip. Note also the 1"-thick plywood added to the steel base to reduce vibration.