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post #1 of 9 Old 03-24-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I just purchased a 14in CRAFTSMAN band saw and put a 1/4in blade on. When cutting minor curves in cherry wood 3in thick I get a ruff cut (choppy). I also had to adjust the blade tracking numorus times. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong ? I am nrw to this.
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The first thing I would do is examine the blade to see if there was any kinks in it. You also may not have enough tension on the blade. Let us know what kind of blade you have. It might be the wrong blade for the work you are doing.
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The first thing I would do is examine the blade to see if there was any kinks in it. You also may not have enough tension on the blade. Let us know what kind of blade you have. It might be the wrong blade for the work you are doing.
I have a Craftsman blade 10 teeth per in. There doesn't seem to have any kinks. THANK YOU
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10 tpi blade and 3" oak? that means there are 30 teeth in the material during the cut. could the gullets be too small to be effectively clearing out the sawdust? also, what radius are the curves you're attempting?

there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.
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I've been using a little 10" shopsmith bandsaw. I use blades 6 teeth per inch and it cuts good for me. It really sounds more like you don't have enough tension on the blade. Ten teeth per inch isn't that much different.
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Check your guides and make sure that you made the proper adjustments . Make sure that your blade is sharp, not dull.
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I've been using a little 10" shopsmith bandsaw. I use blades 6 teeth per inch and it cuts good for me. It really sounds more like you don't have enough tension on the blade. Ten teeth per inch isn't that much different.
Thank you for the advice. Your idea about the tension helped enuff where I kept adjusting and cking level that I now have a decent cut
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So, the problem was just the tension. Good you got it fixed .
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