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UpNorthCutter
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so Baron , what was wrong with your nail in the wood blade?

Baron
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It was backwards.....inside out. It doesn't work well backwards. I didn't feel especially bright after that but I haven't done it since either.

smithbr
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Baron

I've sent several boxes of blades out for sharpening, and they all return reversed.  Drives me nuts.  Put new blade on saw, put covers on, start saw, "something's wrong with this picture", curse, shut off saw, take covers off, pull off blade, put bandaid on finger, reverse blade, put blade on...

yah.  drives me nuts.

Blair

smithbr
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otoh, I just realized, I can always tell the difference between used and resharpened blades!  Silver lining, indeed!

Baron
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Hahahahaha. Now I know I'm not the only one to have done this more than once. smiley

smithbr
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A couple times, I've covered it over by turning it into a coaching session, when helpers are present.  "oh, what's wrong with the way we've put the blade on?"  Studied silence.  [points at teeth].  One of the helpers didn't, ever, get it.  The kind of person who throws all the nails with the point on the wrong end away.  The other bright spark saw it immediately; with him, I fessed up and explained what was goingo on.  The other - oh well; he's now in university...for engineering...   

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Baron
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Roger that. 

fbl
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Mabey it is posted somewhere, should you release the tension on the blade if the mill is going to sit idle for a period of time or just leave it tight? Fred

eddiemac
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Always release the tension when done sawing.

Dewchie
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Wow Eddie, I never knew that. I have never released my tension unless I was changing the blade. I guess you can learn something new every day is a true statement.:)

fbl
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Thanks eddiemac, It was cutting so good I didn't want to change it put will take care of it first thing. Fred

eddiemac
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It is said that leaving the band under tension flattens the belts where depressed (which hardens them) and places undue stress on bearings and shafts; probably not good on the spring either.  Bands which have stetched from the heat developed in cutting may end up over-tensioned when they cool, possibly resulting in cracking in the gullets.  My Norwood manual recommends releasing the tension at the end of the day.

Bill
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All band saw manufactures make the same suggestion and many now come with quick releases on the shop models. 

Post Oakie
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"Always release the tension when done sawing."

... and remember to re-tension the band saw blade before you fire up the engine.  Been there, done that!  I now have a special place (magnet) where I put the key when I loosen the blade.  When I go to start the engine and the key isn't in the switch, I think "Oh, yeh, tension the blade".

 

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