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How Band Wheels Affect Cut

Band wheels provide tracking and support bandsaw blade tension. The wheel supports the blade in order for the blade to cut the material straight. Incorrect band wheel usage may result in cutting operation complications. Bandsaw machines run with two wheels: the idler wheel and the drive wheel. The idler wheel transfers the motion or guide and supports the drive wheel while the drive is the portion of a bandsaw’s pulley-like drive system that propels the blade forward. These two wheels revolve continuously inside a bandsaw machine to help keep the cutting operation in progress. If not properly maintained, band wheels will cause problems. …

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