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help... bandsaw tuning

I just purchased my first band saw, a Rikon 10" benchtop. I read the manual on tracking and tension but when I made my first few test cuts there are "ripples" in the cut. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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If you are looking for perfectly smooth cuts from a bandsaw blade, you may be out of luck. How bad are the ripples you speak of? Are you guide bushings set properly. They should be no further away from your blade than the thickness of a dollar bill. Same thing applies to your upper and lower thrust bearings. (the bearing behind the blade) Another tip or trick is to use a sharpening stone, and with the saw running, round off the back of the blade. One more thing.........the blades that come with any saw, fresh out of the box, are basically a junk blade to get you started. You may, at one point in the near future, want to purchase yourself a better quality blade.

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I'll check that out. As a promo they also threw in a 1/2" "slicing blade". I got it from Highland Woodworking, but I think the 1/2" is too thick for some of curvy cuts I'll need to make.
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