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Re: Band saw tension

Postby Andyp » 28 Jul 2023, 12:35

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Re: Band saw tension

Postby Steve Maskery » 28 Jul 2023, 22:01

Woodster wrote:I wonder if Steve now takes the tension off when he’s not using his bandsaw. I ask as there seemed to me at least a possibility than not doing so damaged the tensioner on his machine?

http://thewoodhaven2.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=6092

Perhaps Ishould, but I still don't. Pete's part will hold up to the most extreme stress you could ever put it through. It's very impressive and I never have the urge to give it a rest. It's fantastic.

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Re: Band saw tension

Postby Pete Maddex » 29 Jul 2023, 08:47

Thanks Steve it’s good to hear it’s holding up.


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Re: Band saw tension

Postby Woodster » 29 Jul 2023, 10:33

Steve Maskery wrote:
Woodster wrote:I wonder if Steve now takes the tension off when he’s not using his bandsaw. I ask as there seemed to me at least a possibility than not doing so damaged the tensioner on his machine?

Perhaps I should, but I still don't. Pete's part will hold up to the most extreme stress you could ever put it through. It's very impressive and I never have the urge to give it a rest.





That’s not to say something else won’t give way next time. That part just happened to be the weakest link. ;)

Who knows, perhaps that part is designed to fail in case folks don’t follow the instructions in the manual:


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Re: Band saw tension

Postby chataigner » 29 Jul 2023, 10:43

Mine has a de-tensioning lever and I do use when I remember, which is about half the time.
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Re: Band saw tension

Postby derekcohen » 29 Jul 2023, 21:32

Years ago I would religiously release the tension. I stopped doing so and have not noted any issues: the tyres do not deform, and the blades have not stretched. A test of the latter is that they fo not lose tension.

Bandsaw is a Hammer N4400 (18”), and blades used are either a 12mm 3tpi bimetal (general purposes), or a 1” Lenox Woodmaster CT (carbide) for re-sawing.

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