Before you start any task, make sure that you clean the work surface first as well as the fence and the miter slots. It would also be helpful to apply some wax to keep friction to a minimum. Another good tip is to round the back of your bandsaw blade with a honing stone to remove imperfections and avoid damaging the bearings when cutting curves. Also, make sure to lubricate the blade regardless of the material you will cut and clear away sawdust and debris from the blade guide bearings.
While the suggested settings and adjustments by the manufacturer of wood bandsaw blades are accurate, some tweaking may be needed to achieve optimal performance. This is referred to as flutter testing or flutter setting which is often the same for all machines. Doing this also involves checking the belt tension on the motor, removing blade guides, and checking bandsaw tires. Once all is done, you can now start the sawing machine and set it to its highest cutting speed.
After performing any cuts, especially if it has been a long while, the blades get hot. They contract and expand and may experience over tension after a long time of use. Also, if you leave the blade under tension around the drive wheels, it may result in premature failure from metal fatigue. It is like having a spot on your tires after sitting in place for too long. In the same manner, leaving the band sitting tightly may flatten the drive tires, making them hard. This tension can also stress other components of the saw such as the drive pulley, motor, and shaft. This is why every time you are done cutting for the day, always remember to release blade tension.
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