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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-16-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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My new Grizzly GO513X2F Band Saw is supposed to arrive today and the set up will begin, needless to say, I am exited about the new machine. I have been reading everything that I can find on the set up of Band Saw and I one comment keeps coming up and that is in reference to the accuracy of the scale used for setting the tension on the blade. I'm wondering if anybody has any comment on the accuracy of the scale on this peticular saw.

I have ordered two each of three different widths of Timberwolve Blades so that needs to be taken into consideration I suppose, however the bran of blade has nothing to do with the issue of the accuracy of the scale used to set the tension with.

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This post should be in Tools and Woodworking, not Introductions.

The material the blade is made of(more than the brand!)has a lot to do with tension. The Timberwolf blades are "low tension" compared to most blades. I recommend setting them per Timberwolves instruction.

With any blade the least tension that will allow proper cut without drift will prolong th life of the bearings, tires, etc in your saw. The tension should also be released/lowered when the saw is not in use.
I have read that Grizzly's tension scale is reasonably accurate(none are perfect). But cut quality and blade drift are probably the best guide IMHO!

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Only use it as a very rough gauge. With the Timberwolf they suggest adjusting it using the gauge as a starting point. From there you need to loosen it until it flutters then fine tune it. Be sure to de- tension it when not in use.
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