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Readers of my T&Ps will recall that I installed a Tri Master Lenox blade on my 17" band saw sometime back and that it broke after several months of use. It was sent in for repair. In the mean time I had installed a Lenox Bi Metal blade which also broke two days ago, after several months of use, so I re-installed the one that had been repaired. It broke again almost immediately after installing it.

Well, when the first blade broke several months ago, Lenox just sent me a brand new replacement blade no questions asked, all I did was phone and ask ab out their warranty. Well I installed it today.

Now here is what this thread is really about. After installing the original blade it did not cut any different than any other half inch blade, I thought, well, the cut is much cleaner, almost rivaling the cut from a TS as advertised, I figured that the blade would just last a long time which probably will, even if it has to be re-welded, but that can't be done to many times as it gets shortened a tad each time that it is fixed or so I have been told by the people that do the welding.

O.K., now back to the ooint, the second blade cuts through QS white Oak like butter, a real difference. Makes me wonder if that first blade was maybe a defective blade and Lenox may have been suspect of it and might be the reasonwhy they were wo quick to send me a replacement blade. By the way keep in mind that these blades cost $177 a copy.

I had been disappointed in the first blade thinking that it would cut more aggressively and it didn't, but man, the replacement blade is really sweet, well worth the cost if it will not break.

I have done my best to set the tension accordint to the instruction manual this time which I had not done earlier. However, I cannot tell by feel any difference in the tension setting as per the manual compared to what I had been setting it before. So, I'm hoping that this blade will last for awhile. I'm sending the other two in to be re-welded.

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Great to hear of good CS, Jerry.

Let us know how this blade performs....

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Gee Jerry for $177 it ought to install and adjust itself,,,

Hope this one lasts for you.
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Gee Jerry for $177 it ought to install and adjust itself,,,

Hope this one lasts for you.
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I'm glad someone else said it before me $177 that one band cost more than all my bands combined with enough left over for some Chinese take out
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I'm glad someone else said it before me $177 that one band cost more than all my bands combined with enough left over for some Chinese take out
I'll admit that I got carried away when I decided to try the high dollar blades, I was curious as to if such blades would perform any better than the normal blades that I had been using. I would not do it again knowing what I know now.

However, if ths blade that is on the saw now will continue to cut as well as it is cutting now and "NOT BREAK" it may be worth it, will have to see over time.

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Jerry,

You should take the tension off of the blade when you are not using the saw and re-tension before each use. This takes the stress off of the joint.

You can make a sign to remind you to re-tension the blade before using the saw and leave it on the saw table or hang it by the switch.

Also I have found that a repaired blade, is more prone to breaking.

Hope this helps

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I too release the tension when finished...small piece of wood hangs over the switch to remind me to check tension before turning it on. I also spin the wheel by hand before starting it up to make sure the blade is "on track" and then the switch...

Hope your blade is everything you want it to be...good luck with it...

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If your start/stop switch has a place for a lock out device, lock it after each use. That will be a good reminder that you need to do some maintenance before starting it.

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Jerry,

You should take the tension off of the blade when you are not using the saw and re-tension before each use. This takes the stress off of the joint.

You can make a sign to remind you to re-tension the blade before using the saw and leave it on the saw table or hang it by the switch.

Also I have found that a repaired blade, is more prone to breaking.

Hope this helps
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I do take the tension off most of the time. From time to time I have forgotten to do so and a reminder is certainly a good idea. I have heard from several sources from others that they never take the tension off, but logic, to me anyway, is that it is more likely to be a good idea than not. The manufacturer didn't put the device to release the tenion on for look.

I need to ask another question now that we are on the band saw subject. The blade rides to the right edge of the top wheel when the bottom of the gullet is centered on the crown of the tire, but is running on the left side of the lower tire. At one time this issue of co-plane came on the forum and the last post that I recall is that this should be left alone as the manufacturer know more about the subject than the user does. I suppose that I need to phone Grizzly and ask them about it.

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