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I just purchased a small Ryobi bandsaw at a garage sale. Never had one before. It has a blade tensioning adjustment. Does the blade tension need to be backed off when the saw isn't going to be used for awhile? Also, how do I tell when the blade tension is correct?

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It's recommended to release the tension on your bandsaw when not in use to keep the blade from taking a set and breaking prematurely. It also keeps the wheels from being bent out of co-planer. Just don't forget to re-tighten it before you turn it back on or ...... SURPRISE!

A general rule for tightening regular blades is to tighten until the blade will not deflect more than about 1/4" to the side while pushing with your finger (saw off, of course). If using low tension blades you will loosen until the blade just starts to flutter, then re-tighten until it stops fluttering.

Here is a good video on band saws you might want to take a look at. It is Podcast #22 Buying and Getting the Most Out Of Your Bandsaw



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It's recommended to release the tension on your bandsaw when not in use to keep the blade from taking a set and breaking prematurely. It also keeps the wheels from being bent out of co-planer. Just don't forget to re-tighten it before you turn it back on or ...... SURPRISE!

A general rule for tightening regular blades is to tighten until the blade will not deflect more than about 1/4" to the side while pushing with your finger (saw off, of course). If using low tension blades you will loosen until the blade just starts to flutter, then re-tighten until it stops fluttering.

Here is a good video on band saws you might want to take a look at. It is Podcast #22 Buying and Getting the Most Out Of Your Bandsaw


Thank you, George. How do I know whether I have a low tension blade or a regular blade?
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Most blades are not. In fact, as far as I know, Timberwolf makes the low tension blade. So if it isn't a Timberwolf and doesn't say it is a low tension blade, then it isn't.

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I will answer this one since I just learned this also. De-tension as I have read and practised is recommended every after use of the band saw machine. There are varied opinions about this, but I would go for the releasing of tension. Better to ‘de-tension’ than keep on buying new blades.
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