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Recently, in another thread about the blade on my BS, the subject of coplanar of the wheels came up and was discussed. There seemed to be two opinions on whether or not the wheels need to be be in coplanar. Some said yes, some said no.
I finally was able to get in touch with Grizzly Tech Support and asked them about it.
About all that the guy that I talked to had to say is that there is no need to wroory about coplanar as long as the teeth on the blade are riding someplace on the tires and not making contact with the metal wheel, duh, is that right?. That sure did not sound like the issue on coplanar is much of a deal from his stand point. Maybe I was talking to the janitor and not a real tech support person, only kidding of course, but it does make me wonder.
He and I talked about my problem with breaking blades, then I talked to the tech at Lenox and in both cases the only possible reason for breaking blades, according the both of the people that I talked to is, if the saw is set up right is the issue of tension. The guy at Lenox didn't have a clue about how to set the tension without a a tension gauge. He just said that with a gauge that 30,000 lbs. of tension of the Tri Master blade was maximum. That doesn't mean much to me without a gauge of course.
So, and now I'm joking again, I need to buy half a dozen inexpensive blades and install one of them on the saw and run it until it either breaks or becomes dull at which time if it breaks, I would put on another blade and reduce the tension. If the second blade breaks, put on another blade and reduce the tension. Keep doing that until the tension is so loose that the blade won't continue to cut straight or stay on the wheels. That's if I don't run out of blades first. If the blades still break, I'll know that something else is wrong. There seems to be no way to know other that. Yeah, I know, I'm just being a tad sarcastic, the outcome of a being frustrated with the issue I suppose.
The truth is, I really think that I have the saw set up properly now with the right tension on the blade and I will be surprised if I have any more trouble with it. If this is true, I will have gained just a little more knowledge about band saws that will have come from personal experience.