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Band Tension and Cutting Performance

Saw blade tension is a technical term used to describe how tight the bandsaw blade is on a bandsaw and is expressed in Pound per Square Inch ( PSI). The amount of tension applied will depend on blade thickness and width, and wheel diameter. Various methods are used to set the correct blade tension, from gauge use to blade plucking not unlike that of a guitar string. Tension can be adjusted by a gauge indicator on the bandsaw. It will indicate the amount of tension required based on the width of the saw blade. Using a tension meter will assure the most accurate …

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